New Book States Most Vatican Priests Are Gays -- Will The Catholic Church Allow A Real Conversation About The Matter?

A new book is opening the door on homosexuality in the Catholic Church. Officially, the Church is against it,but some in high position are living double lives.

New Book States Most Vatican Priests Are Gays -- Will The Catholic Church Allow A Real Conversation About The Matter?390
source: The Tablet

The Catholic Church is under fire left and right and a new book coming out this month will probably complicate matters.

A new upcoming book by established French writer and journalist Frédéric Martel promises to be quite scandalous and startling, according to Bloomsbury, the book’s publisher.

In his latest work, the former advisor to the French government takes a look at sensitive matters such as the secrets of the Roman Church and states some shocking claims, such as that the majority of the priests in the Vatican are gays.

The author dedicated four years of his time to research for this book.

Readers can enjoy his piece next Wednesday when it hits the stores in more than 20 countries around the globe.

Coincidentally, the book will be published on the same day as a major conference on sexual misconduct held in the Vatican, with representatives of the Roman Church coming from all around the world to attend.

For his research for the book, Martel interviewed around 1,500 people, among which were 41 cardinals, 52 bishops and monsignors, 45 ambassadors and more than 200 priests and seminarians.

From the conducted interviews, the author concluded that many of the homophobic clerics were closeted homosexuals.

Some of the writer’s claims in the book included that even though some of the priests have accepted their sexual orientation, there were many more that chose to be secretive about their homosexuality in fear for their career. There were also others who were in denial about their true nature.

Martel also points out the example of the deceased but greatly respected Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo, who had allegedly been a frequent client of male prostitutes even though throughout his life he has openly stood up against the idea of the church talking about homosexuality and contraception.

The book quotes Pope Francis as saying the following about homosexuality: "The issue of homosexuality is a very serious issue that must be adequately discerned from the beginning with the candidates [for the priesthood]. In our societies, it even seems that homosexuality is fashionable and that mentality, in some way, also influences the life of the church."

Should the Church be more open about this subject? Can sexual freedom ever be aligned with religion?