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

Frederic Martel Shaun Whiteside



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19 November 2019
Religion & beliefs; Roman Catholicism, Roman Catholic Church; Christian aspects of sexuality, gender & relationships; Gay & Lesbian studies
The New York Times Bestseller--Revised and Expanded [An] earth-shaking expose of clerical corruption --National Catholic Reporter The arrival of Frederic Martel's In the Closet of the Vatican, published worldwide in eight languages, sent shockwaves through the religious and secular world. The book's revelations of clericalism, hypocrisy, cover-ups and widespread homosexuality in the highest echelons of the Vatican provoked questions that the most senior Vatican officials--and the Pope himself--were forced to act upon; it would go on to become a New York Times bestseller. Now, almost a year after the book's first publication, Frederic Martel reflects in a new foreword on the effect the book has had and the events that have come to light since it was first released.

In the Closet of the Vatican describes the double lives of priests--including the cardinals living with their young assistants in luxurious apartments whilst professing humility and chastity--the cover-up of numerous cases of sexual abuse; sinister scheming in the Vatican; political conspiracy overseas in Argentina and Chile, and the resignation of Benedict XVI. From his unique position as a respected journalist with uninhibited access to some of the Vatican's most influential people and private spaces, Martel presents a shattering account of a system rotten to its very core.
By:   Frederic Martel
Translated by:   Shaun Whiteside
Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
Weight:   412g
ISBN:   9781472966186
ISBN 10:   147296618X
Pages:   576
Publication Date:   19 November 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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 was published simultaneously in eight languages and has since been licensed in many more.

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

[An] earth-shaking expose of clerical corruption [...] What Martel does, quite masterfully, is to connect the dots that reveal an ecclesial system in profound decay [...] In the Closet of the Vatican examines in impressive detail the double lives led by many of the church's prelates [...] Without question, [the book] is a truly remarkable publishing event * National Catholic Reporter [US] * A truly shocking theory about the Vatican; the largest gay community in the world * Il Giornale [Italy] * I urge every Catholic to read it, however difficult that may be [...] The book did not surprise me, as such, but it still stunned, shocked, and disgusted me. You simply cannot unread it, or banish what is quite obviously true from your mind [...] This may seem like hyperbole, but in my view, the last drops of moral authority the Vatican might hope to have evaporate with this book. * Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine * Probably one of the best books by a journalist ever written * Gazeta Wyborcza [Poland] * Martel's conversational style is that of the raconteur [...] he tells a captivating story * Catholic Herald * Stunned may be a much-overused word, but it's the best one I know to describe my wonderment at the dimensions of what has come into view [...] All this builds up to the realisation that you are seeing something which, once seen cannot be unseen. By anyone who has seen it. Once it is seen, it is known as a fact about the Church's institutional working that cannot be got around. To pretend otherwise is a sign of delusion. * James Alison, ABC.net.au * A glimpse of the poisonous world that Frederic Martel, himself gay, has spent five years researching for this book * Andrew Brown, Guardian * An important revelation * Daily Telegraph * Sensational ... this is much, much more than an expose of some taffeta-clad hypocrites...fascinating * Sunday Times * Explosive ... Pope Francis seems to be ... determined to reform the Vatican ... If Martel's book proves anything, it is that this is now seriously overdue ... It would be a mistake to rubbish this book ... [Martel is] a highly intelligent and honest journalist and the Church will need courage to respond to his revelations fruitfully * The Tablet * A remarkable feat of investigation ... Any friend of the Roman Catholic Church needs to take this book's message seriously * Diarmaid MacCulloch, The Times * When God died, the official cause was elderly enfeeblement; after reading Frederic Martel's expose of infamy in the Catholic church, I suspect that the old boy committed suicide in remorse, aghast at the crimes and un-Christian sins of organised religion * Observer *

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