In the Closet of the Vatican

In the Closet of the Vatican

Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy

Book - 2019
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Asserts that corruption and hypocrisy lie at the heart of the Vatican and explains why things have gotten to this point.

McMillan Palgrave

The New York Times bestselling account of corruption and hypocrisy at the heart of the Vatican.

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.

The New York Times bestselling account of corruption and hypocrisy at the heart of the Vatican.

& Taylor

An investigative work based on four years of research reveals the Catholic Church's culture of secrecy based on the hidden lives of gay priests and bishops that allows corruption to flourish and covers up sexual abuse and financial malpractice.

Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Continuum, 2019
ISBN: 9781472966148
Branch Call Number: 282. 0905 MAR 2019-05
Characteristics: xv, 555 pages : illustration ; 25 cm


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Mar 29, 2019

Whatever your expectations of this book, I'm willing to bet that they won't be met.
The writing itself is turgid, awkward, seemingly disorganized--it doesn't flow. The book was published simultaneously in eight languages, and the fault might lie in the translation rather than the ability of the original author. But more important than that, the book doesn't really deal substantially with resolving the corruption, hypocrisy and crimes of the hierarchy of the church. Maybe one problem is that the author is homosexual and seems to be more interested in the relationships among the clergy than in those between the clergy and the church membership. Probably the most interesting revelations for me were that homosexuality in the Vatican staff, from the pope on down has pretty definitely been established at at least 80%, and that the battles between factions of cardinals, bishops and other church personnel are very often between the conservative gays who want to keep everything covered up, and the more liberal gays who are willing to reveal what goes on.
One thing for sure, you'll be more unsettled, upset, enraged--and certainly confused--after reading this book than you were before.

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