There have been carefully chosen words about homosexuality: 'Who am I to judge?' “This Holy Father, […] 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. Not the exceptions but the system and the model, what American sociologists call 'the pattern'. Since arriving in Rome he has known that he is dealing with an organisation that is quite extraordinary in its way, and that isn't restricted, as people believed for a long time, to a few lost sheep. We will come across this archbishop several times again in the course of this book, the first in a long series of priests who described the reality of which I was already aware, but which many people will see as a fiction. We will come across this archbishop several times again in the course of this book, the first in a long series of priests who described the reality of which I was already aware, but which many people will see as a fiction. Do I need to say that Francis knows the people he addresses in this way without naming them: cardinals, papal masters of ceremonies, former secretaries of state, deputies, minor assistants or chamberlains? He knows his 'parish'. Updated regularly. Francis has often repeated his criticisms of the 'hidden and often dissolute lives'; the ones who 'put make-up on their souls and live off make-up'; the 'lie' erected into a system that does 'a lot of harm, hypocrisy does a lot of harm: it's a way of life'. Friday, December 4, 2015. 'You know, he's very practising. Let's just say: they represent the great majority. 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. – 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. ', as the Poet says, are practising. Practising, certainly, but still 'in the closet'. 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. Did they guess that the battle launched against gays by the Vatican of John Paul II and Benedict XVI was a war that was lost in advance? Why did these men, who were used to being silent, agree to break the omertà? Humpty Dumpty in the Vatican . However, Francis today is the object of a violent campaign, precisely because of his supposed liberalism on questions of sexual morality, by conservative cardinals who are very homophobic – and, most of them, secretly homosexual. However, Francis today is the object of a violent campaign, precisely because of his supposed liberalism on questions of sexual morality, by conservative cardinals who are very homophobic – and, most of them, secretly homosexual. Unlike those Vaticanologists, who denounce individual 'excesses' but in such a way as to conceal the 'system', I am less concerned with exposing these affairs than with revealing the very banal double life of most of the dignitaries of the Church. Double life? Contributions may be sent to: National Catholic Reporter 115 E. Armour Blvd. Editor's Note: We are running an excerpt from the new book In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy by Frédéric Martel.The book, to … He added: 'And if I told you all the things I know, you wouldn't believe it!'. They'll say it's made up. About In the Closet of the Vatican. It's an occupational hazard! 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. Join us if you love lots and lots of free news 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. Hoyt wanted to bring the professional standards of secular news reporting to the press that covers Catholic news, saying that "if the mayor of a city owned its only newspaper, its citizens will not learn … 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. How many are there? The gay dimension doesn't explain everything, of course, but it is key for anyone wishing to understand the Vatican and its moral postures. Send your thoughts and reactions to Letters to the Editor. 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. 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. They have a 'family resemblance'. Editor's Note: We are running an excerpt from the new book In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy by Frédéric Martel. We’ll soon have a review and other commentary available. He knows his 'parish'. Did they guess that the battle launched against gays by the Vatican of John Paul II and Benedict XVI was a war that was lost in advance? ', 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. Excerpted from In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy, by Frédéric Martel (Bloomsbury Continuum, 2019). The details, certainly, but also the great laws – and there are, as we will see, 14 general rules in this book. Others disclosed secrets to me, first in a whisper, then shortly afterwards, in a loud voice: actual scandals. If you wish, you may print a form for submitting your donation. 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. In this gossiping society, Francis is well informed. The best-kept secret of the Vatican is no secret to Pope Francis. The New York Times bestselling account of corruption and hypocrisy at the heart of the Vatican. Do as I say, not as I do! Not the exceptions but the system and the model, what American sociologists call 'the pattern'. 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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. Often, those priests, influential or otherwise, came on to me decorously, and some, with very little reluctance, more intensely. 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! Fifty years after Stonewall, the gay revolution in the United States, the Vatican is the last bastion still to be liberated! I'm like St Thomas: I need to check to believe. Some of them were worried about what I was going to reveal. In fact, in an aside that had something of the disco-queen about it, another priest whispered to me in English: 'We are family!'. But lots of people described this 'closet' to me. Jim Martin, Editorial: Stop judging, and welcome LGBT Catholics 'in good faith', Exiting gay pastoral associate pledges continued LGBTQ work, Adopting political tactics at synod is understandable, but misplaced, Pope to gay priests: Be celibate or get out. The author claims to have done exhaustive interviewing and research both personally and with a large team of interviewers and translators. For a long time, the ways of the Lord remained, if I may say so, impenetrable. 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. During that long investigation I spent more than a hundred and fifty nights a year reporting, away from home, away from Paris. Yesterday, Bondings 2.0 reported on a new book about homosexuality and the Vatican that will be released this Thursday. Among them, alleged homosexuals, who were present in the Vatican every day, introduced me to their world of initiates. There is, as Hamlet might have said, something rotten in the state of the Vatican. (CNS/Vatican Media), Michelangelo's 16th-century frescoes in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican (CNS/Paul Haring). So it is not a matter of judging these homosexuals, even the closeted ones – I like them! For a long time, the ways of the Lord remained, if I may say so, impenetrable. By failing to recognize the broadly homosexual dimension, we deprive ourselves of one of the keys to a greater understanding of most of the facts that have stained the history of the Vatican for decades: the secret motivations that led Paul VI to confirm the prohibition on artificial contraception, the rejection of condoms and the strict obligation of celibacy on the priesthood; the war against 'liberation theology'; the scandals of the Vatican Bank in the time of the famous Archbishop Marcinkus (he too was a homosexual); the decision to forbid condoms as a way of battling AIDS, even when the pandemic would lead to more than thirty-five million deaths; the VatiLeaks I and II affairs; the recurrent and often unfathomable misogyny of many cardinals and bishops; the resignation of Benedict XVI; the current rebellion against Pope Francis … Every time, homosexuality plays a central part that many people can only guess at, and the truth of which has never really been told. 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. They'll say it's made up. By failing to recognize the broadly homosexual dimension, we deprive ourselves of one of the keys to a greater understanding of most of the facts that have stained the history of the Vatican for decades: the secret motivations that led Paul VI to confirm the prohibition on artificial contraception, the rejection of condoms and the strict obligation of celibacy on the priesthood; the war against 'liberation theology'; the scandals of the Vatican Bank in the time of the famous Archbishop Marcinkus (he too was a homosexual); the decision to forbid condoms as a way of battling AIDS, even when the pandemic would lead to more than thirty-five million deaths; the VatiLeaks I and II affairs; the recurrent and often unfathomable misogyny of many cardinals and bishops; the resignation of Benedict XVI; the current rebellion against Pope Francis … Every time, homosexuality plays a central part that many people can only guess at, and the truth of which has never really been told. And then I travelled across the world, through more than thirty countries, among the clergies of Latin America, Asia, the United States and the Middle East, to collect over a thousand statements. 'He's of the parish,' the priest whispers conspiratorially in my ear. But that isn't my subject. 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. This pattern explains the war against Francis. Magazine article National Catholic Reporter. 'How much filth there is in the Church,' said Cardinal Ratzinger, who also discovered the extent of the 'closet' through a secret report by three cardinals, the content of which was described to me and that was one of the major reasons for his resignation. War between gays, in short. During that long investigation I spent more than a hundred and fifty nights a year reporting, away from home, away from Paris. I installed myself in Rome, one week every month, regularly inside the Vatican, thanks to the hospitality of senior prelates who sometimes revealed that they too were 'part of the parish'. 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! Here we will have to be counter-intuitive in order to understand it. War between gays, in short. So I had to spend a long time investigating and living immersed in the Church. But what Francis is unable to bear is not so much the homophilia that is so widespread, as the dizzying hypocrisy of those who advocate a rigid morality while at the same time having a companion, affairs and sometimes escorts. Many Catholics now have a sense of this lie without yet having been able to read the revelations in this book. How Will Joe Biden Build a Common Future? – 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. Others, last of all, proved to be loquacious, excessively so, as if they had been waiting for so many years to come out of their silence. Since arriving in Rome he has known that he is dealing with an organisation that is quite extraordinary in its way, and that isn't restricted, as people believed for a long time, to a few lost sheep. This approach to fact drags In the Closet of the Vatican down, as does its length. It could be cut by a third without loss. ROBERT MOYNIHAN Editor-in-chief, Founder/Publisher of Inside the Vatican magazine. In most cases it isn't simply a general inclination, of a certain fluidity, homophilia or 'tendencies', as people said at the time, nor even repressed or sublimated sexuality, all equally prevalent in the Church of Rome. Send your thoughts and reactions to Letters to the Editor. With the homosexual liberation of the 1970s, and particularly since the gay socialization of the 1980s, Catholic vocations, especially in European countries, have naturally fallen. Editor's Note: We are running an excerpt from the new book In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy by Frédéric Martel. The Vatican says Francis received the resignation request, accepted it, and ordered McCarrick to a life of prayer and penance. One that would be turned against the Church as soon as everyone became aware of its real motivations: a war waged between closeted homosexuals and gays who had come out! The homosexual sociology of Catholicism also helps us to explain another reality: the end of vocations in Europe. Many of these cardinals who 'have not loved women, for all the blood that flows in their veins! This pattern explains the war against Francis. In the recently released book, In the Closet of the Vatican, the homosexual, atheist author claims the prevalence of gay liaisons in the Vatican means that clerical celibacy is a failure and a fraud.Here’s why that’s nonsense. The book, to be released Feb. 21, will be much talked about. Comments on Distinctly Catholic by Michael Sean Winters at National Catholic Reporter. Read preview. The New York Times bestselling account of corruption and hypocrisy at the heart of the Vatican. Sr. Margaret Farely's "Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics," was condemned recently by the Vatican. 'The carnival is over,' the pope is reported to have said to his master of ceremonies at the very moment when he was elected. in English, magna cum laude from Harvard and a M.A and Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Yale. About forty cardinals and hundreds of bishops, monsignori, priests and 'nuncios' (the pope's ambassadors) agreed to meet me. My project isn't about 'naming and shaming', the American practice of making names public in order to expose them. He isn't part of the parish! In a letter to Francis in 2015, Krzysztof Charamsa criticised what he called the Vatican’s hypocrisy in banning gay priests and said the clergy was “full of homosexuals”. Vatican Addresses Catholic Trump Supporters Lulu Garcia Navarro talks with National Catholic Reporter's Joshua McElwee about an article that criticizes religious Trump supporters. It's an occupational hazard! 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