Oct. 6, 2018: Pope Francis orders a "thorough study of the entire documentation" present in the Vatican's archives regarding McCarrick's career. What they told me was unsayable for a long time. Join us if you love lots and lots of free news For what it's… Editor's Note: We are running an excerpt from the new book In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy by Frédéric Martel. Whether they are 'practising', 'homophile', 'initiates', 'unstraights', 'wordly', 'versatile', 'questioning', or simply 'in the closet', the world I am discovering, with its 50 shades of gay, is beyond comprehension. r/nofeenews: Paywall-free news. Enter your email address to receive free newsletters from NCR. The first person who used that coded expression in front of me was an archbishop from the Roman Curia. By John L. Allen Jr.I've received numerous requests to comment on the sensational story in an Italian newspaper Thursday suggesting the existence of a shadowy "gay lobby" in the Vatican, linking it to the prospect of blackmail and suggesting that such dark forces may have factored into Benedict XVI's decision to resign. Anthony Egan SJ shares the power that he believes such a book could have for the Catholic Church today, scandal plagued as it is. Opposition to Pope Francis Comes Out of the Closet | National Catholic Reporter by MSW. A gay adolescent today has other options, even in Italy, apart from entering holy orders. How Will Joe Biden Build a Common Future? How Will Joe Biden Build a Common Future? Without this key for understanding, the recent history of the Vatican and the Roman Church remains opaque. Let it be clear that for me a priest or a cardinal should not be ashamed about being homosexual; I even think it should be one possible social status among others. About forty cardinals and hundreds of bishops, monsignori, priests and 'nuncios' (the pope's ambassadors) agreed to meet me. Most of the monsignori who have spoken at the balcony of the Loggia of St Peter's, between the pontificate of Paul VI and that of Francis, to deliver the sad announcement of the death of the pope or, with frank gaiety, to say Habemus papam!, share the same secret. He knows his 'parish'. ', as the Poet says, are practising. – homosexuality is also one of the keys that explain the institutionalized cover-up of sexual crimes and misdemeanours, of which there are now tens of thousands. It would have been difficult to publish a book like this twenty or even only ten years ago. È Bianca! The gay dimension doesn't explain everything, of course, but it is key for anyone wishing to understand the Vatican and its moral postures. The intimate stories of these men who give an image of piety in public and lead a quite different life in private, so different from one another, present us with a complex intrigue to unravel. It doesn't matter. But lots of people described this 'closet' to me. They'll say it's made up. That is one of the mysteries of this book and my reason for writing it. Often, those priests, influential or otherwise, came on to me decorously, and some, with very little reluctance, more intensely. 'He's of the parish,' the priest whispers conspiratorially in my ear. Let it be clear that for me a priest or a cardinal should not be ashamed about being homosexual; I even think it should be one possible social status among others. Some of them were worried about what I was going to reveal. But there we have it: these secret homosexuals are in the majority, powerful and influential and, in terms of the most 'rigid' among them, very noisy in their homophobic utterances. Here we will have to be counter-intuitive in order to understand it. The world turned upside down, in some respects! His phrase should be placed as an epigram at the start of this book: 'Behind rigidity something always lies hidden; in many cases, a double life.'. 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Here we will have to be counter-intuitive in order to understand it. Send your thoughts and reactions to Letters to the Editor. “This Holy Father, […] Let's just say: they represent the great majority. "In the Closet of the Vatican" - Latest News. He earned his B.A. I've often had a sense during my investigation that I've gone back in time and found myself in the 1930s or 1950s, years that I haven't known myself, with the dual mentality of the chosen people and the cursed people, which led one of the priests that I met often to say: 'Welcome to Sodoma! 'The carnival is over,' the pope is reported to have said to his master of ceremonies at the very moment when he was elected. There have been carefully chosen words about homosexuality: 'Who am I to judge?' It's a system; and a huge herd. For a long time, the ways of the Lord remained, if I may say so, impenetrable. That is one of the mysteries of this book and my reason for writing it. At first, of course, the pope was surprised by the extent of that 'malicious colony', its 'charming qualities' and its 'unbearable shortcomings' of which the French writer Marcel Proust wrote in his celebrated book Sodom and Gomorrah. Learn more here, Copyright © The National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company | 115 E. Armour Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64111 | 1-800-444-8910, IN THE CLOSET OF THE VATICAN: POWER, HOMOSEXUALITY, HYPOCRISY, 576 pages; Published by Bloomsbury Continuum, Detail from the Sistine Chapel frescoes (Wikimedia Commons/Jörg Bittner Unna), Pope Francis gives his annual pre-Christmas speech to officials of the Roman Curia and cardinals present in Rome Dec. 21, 2018, in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace. But one becomes aware of the need to expose a system built, from the smallest seminaries to the holy of holies – the cardinals' college – both on the homosexual double life and on the most dizzying homophobia. That's why he spends so much time denouncing fake devotees, whited sepulchres and hypocrites. About forty cardinals and hundreds of bishops, monsignori, priests and 'nuncios' (the pope's ambassadors) agreed to meet me. So I had to spend a long time investigating and living immersed in the Church. Feb. 16, 2019: Evil gossip? The lack of vocations has multiple causes, but the homosexual revolution is paradoxically one of the main forces behind it. I've often had a sense during my investigation that I've gone back in time and found myself in the 1930s or 1950s, years that I haven't known myself, with the dual mentality of the chosen people and the cursed people, which led one of the priests that I met often to say: 'Welcome to Sodoma! There is, as Hamlet might have said, something rotten in the state of the Vatican. The New York Times bestselling account of corruption and hypocrisy at the heart of the Vatican. The phrase has been uttered, and this time the evidence cannot be challenged. Do as I say, not as I do! Make checks out to: NCR. What detours I am taking to say such simple things – things which, so shocking yesterday, are so banal today! Never, perhaps, have the appearances of an institution been so deceptive; and equally deceptive are the pronouncements about celibacy and the vows of chastity that conceal a completely different reality. Let's just say: they represent the great majority. I don't need to introduce you to this cardinal who appears in public on the balcony of the Loggia, and who was caught up in a quickly suppressed case of prostitution; this other French cardinal who for a long time had an Anglican lover in America; or this other one who, in his youth, had a chain of adventures like the beads on a nun's rosary; not forgetting those who live with their boyfriends in the palaces of the Vatican, where I have met them; they introduced their companions as their assistants, their minutante, their deputy, their chauffeur, their valet, their factotum, even their bodyguard! Francis knows that he has to move on the Church's stance, and that he will only be able to do this at the cost of a ruthless battle against all those who use sexual morality and homophobia to conceal their own hypocrisies and double lives. Because the 'culture of secrecy', which was necessary to maintain silence about the huge presence of homosexuality inside the Church, has made it possible to hide sexual abuse, and for predators to benefit from this system of protection within the institution – even though paedophilia is not the subject of this book. (CNS/Vatican Media), Michelangelo's 16th-century frescoes in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican (CNS/Paul Haring). Excerpted from In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy, by Frédéric Martel (Bloomsbury Continuum, 2019). We’ll soon have a review and other commentary available. Send your thoughts and reactions to Letters to the Editor. They have a 'family resemblance'. For I have limited experience with the Vatican, never having lived in Rome and having visited only a handful of times in my Jesuit life. Many Catholics now have a sense of this lie without yet having been able to read the revelations in this book. Francis has often denounced this duplicity in his morning homilies from Santa Marta. He lives in Paris. What they told me was unsayable for a long time. ', The reason for this, among the older cardinals, should be sought in the past: their stormy youths and roguish years before gay liberation explain their double lives and their homophobia in the old style. This report is said to reveal not so much the existence of a 'gay lobby', as was said, as the omnipresence of homosexuals in the Vatican, blackmail and harassment built into the system. Those conservatives, those traditionalists, those 'dubias', are in many cases the famous 'rigid people leading a double life' of whom Francis speaks so often. He's of the parish,' he stressed in a low voice, talking to me about the morals of a famous Vatican cardinal, a former 'minister' of John Paul II, who both of us knew well. War between gays, in short. – but of understanding their secret and collective way of life. How? They even suggest, when questioned, that by forbidding priests to marry, the Church has become sociologically homosexual; and that by imposing a continence that is against nature, and a secretive culture, it is partly responsible for the tens of thousands of instances of sexual abuse that are undermining it from within. The Vatican has one of the biggest gay communities in the world, and I doubt whether, even in San Francisco's Castro, the emblematic gay quarter, though more mixed today, there are quite as many gays! The National Catholic Reporter is a progressive national newspaper in the United States that reports on issues related to the Catholic Church. Because here reality goes beyond fiction,' I am told by a Franciscan friar, a man who has also worked and lived inside the Vatican for over thirty years. What detours I am taking to say such simple things – things which, so shocking yesterday, are so banal today! How many are there? Social networks, more courage on the part of the press, and countless ecclesiastical sex scandals have made it possible, and necessary, to reveal this secret today. His assistants, his closest collaborators, his masters of ceremony and masters of liturgy, his theologians and his cardinals, where gays are also in the majority, know that in the Vatican homosexuality includes a lot of the called and a lot of the chosen. The homosexual sociology of Catholicism also helps us to explain another reality: the end of vocations in Europe. I'm not the first to discuss this phenomenon. If you wish, you may print a form for submitting your donation. Often, those priests, influential or otherwise, came on to me decorously, and some, with very little reluctance, more intensely. Exceptions but the homosexual sociology of Catholicism also helps us to explain another reality: end. Detours I am taking to say such simple things – things which, so shocking yesterday, are banal. 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