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In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy

In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy

Published [simultaneously] in France as Sodoma by Editions Robert Laffont ... 2019 --Title page verso.

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ISBN 9781472966148
Barcode 9781472966148
Published 21 February 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Martel, Frederic
Translated by Whiteside, Shaun
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ISBN-13 9781472966148
ISBN-10 1472966147
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Bloomsbury Continuum
Publication Date 21 February 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Martel, Frederic
Translated by Whiteside, Shaun
Category Roman Catholicism, Roman Catholic Church
Christian life & practice
Gay & Lesbian studies
Number of Pages 576
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Weight 983g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Male homosexuality - Religious aspects, Homophobia - Religious aspects - Catholic Church, Church and social problems - Catholic Church
NBS Text Christian History & Denominations
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 261.835766
Catalogue Code 963551

Description of this Book

In the Closet of the Vatican exposes the rot at the heart of the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church today. This brilliant piece of investigative writing is based on four years' authoritative research, including extensive interviews with those in power. The celibacy of priests, the condemnation of the use of contraceptives, countless cases of sexual abuse, the resignation of Benedict XVI, misogyny among the clergy, the dramatic fall in Europe of the number of vocations to the priesthood, the plotting against Pope Francis - all these issues are clouded in mystery and secrecy. In the Closet of the Vatican is a book that reveals these secrets and penetrates this enigma. It derives from a system founded on a clerical culture of secrecy which starts in junior seminaries and continues right up to the Vatican itself. It is based on the double lives of priests and on extreme homophobia. The resulting schizophrenia in the Church is hard to fathom. But the more a prelate is homophobic, the more likely it is that he is himself gay. `Behind rigidity there is always something hidden, in many cases a double life'. These are the words of Pope Francis himself and with them, the Pope has unlocked the Closet. No one can claim to really understand the Catholic Church today until they have read this book. It reveals a truth that is extraordinary and disturbing.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Probably one of the best books by a journalist ever written * Gazeta Wyborcza (Poland) * In the Closet of the Vatican is the first global account of the dishonesty about homosexuality which is endemic in the structures of the modern Roman Catholic Church * James Alison, Theologian * A truly shocking theory about the Vatican; the largest gay community in the world * Il Giornale (Italy) *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Frederic Martel (PhD) is a French writer and researcher. He is also a journalist for French national radio and the author of ten books, which have been translated and published in more than 25 countries. He lives in Paris. In the Closet of the Vatican is published simultaneously in eight languages.

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