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New Book Claims Four In Five Vatican Priests Are Gay…

A 600-page book due to be published on February 21st is claiming 80 percent of Vatican priests are gay.

‘In the Closet of the Vatican’ by French journalist FrΓ©dΓ©ric Martel details four years of reporting, according to The Guardian.

Martel’s publisher, Bloomsbury, said the book promises a “startling account of corruption and hypocrisy at the heart of the Vatican which reveals a clerical culture of secrecy which starts in junior seminaries and continues right up to the Vatican itself.”

News outlet IrishCentral reports:

Its release date coincides with the first day of a massive Vatican conference about sexual abuse within the Catholic church, which some worry may lead to critics again conflating the issue of sexual abuse with homosexuality.

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The book’s author, Martel, identifies as a “non-Catholic and openly gay man.” He visited the Vatican on a monthly basis while conducting his research and interviewed 1,500 clergy members and diplomatic officials.

According to The Tablet, a Catholic news site, Martel claimed “the more vehemently a priest denounces homosexuality, the more likely it is that they are gay themselves.”

While many priests are “in denial” about their homosexuality, some reportedly maintain long-term discreet relationships and even partake in “high-risk” casual encounters.

Even though Martel claims four in five Catholic priests are gay, he doesn’t think all are necessarily sexually active.

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