How Will Joe Biden Build a Common Future? It would have been difficult to publish a book like this twenty or even only ten years ago. This pattern explains the war against Francis. I don't need to introduce you to this cardinal who appears in public on the balcony of the Loggia, and who was caught up in a quickly suppressed case of prostitution; this other French cardinal who for a long time had an Anglican lover in America; or this other one who, in his youth, had a chain of adventures like the beads on a nun's rosary; not forgetting those who live with their boyfriends in the palaces of the Vatican, where I have met them; they introduced their companions as their assistants, their minutante, their deputy, their chauffeur, their valet, their factotum, even their bodyguard! He isn't part of the parish! Here is the pope: threatened and attacked on all sides and generally criticized, Francis is said to be 'among the wolves'. But that isn't my subject. 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Contributions may be sent to: National Catholic Reporter 115 E. Armour Blvd. But there we have it: these secret homosexuals are in the majority, powerful and influential and, in terms of the most 'rigid' among them, very noisy in their homophobic utterances. Because the 'culture of secrecy', which was necessary to maintain silence about the huge presence of homosexuality inside the Church, has made it possible to hide sexual abuse, and for predators to benefit from this system of protection within the institution – even though paedophilia is not the subject of this book. A gay adolescent today has other options, even in Italy, apart from entering holy orders. The first person who used that coded expression in front of me was an archbishop from the Roman Curia. Sr. Margaret Farely's "Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics," was condemned recently by the Vatican. Read Our Feature Series. Send your thoughts and reactions to Letters to the Editor. The phrase has been uttered, and this time the evidence cannot be challenged. Feb. 16, 2019: What detours I am taking to say such simple things – things which, so shocking yesterday, are so banal today! In this gossiping society, Francis is well informed. Editor's Note: We are running an excerpt from the new book In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy by Frédéric Martel. He added: 'And if I told you all the things I know, you wouldn't believe it!'. Have the pope and his liberal theologians realized that priestly celibacy was a failure? The details, certainly, but also the great laws – and there are, as we will see, 14 general rules in this book. r/nofeenews: Paywall-free news. This Latino pope is the first to have used the word 'gay' rather than just 'homosexual' – and if we compare him with his predecessors, we may see him as the most 'gay-friendly' of modern pontiffs. This pattern explains the war against Francis. Latest Videos: We might even say that there is an unwritten rule that can always be checked in this book: the more homophobic a priest is, the greater the chance that he himself will be homosexual. Editor's Note: We are running an excerpt from the new book In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy by Frédéric Martel. The homosexual sociology of Catholicism also helps us to explain another reality: the end of vocations in Europe. This brilliant piece of investigative writing is based on four years' authoritative research, including extensive interviews with those in power. A number of journalists have already revealed scandals and affairs within the Roman Curia. Evil gossip? His phrase should be placed as an epigram at the start of this book: 'Behind rigidity something always lies hidden; in many cases, a double life.'. Vatican Addresses Catholic Trump Supporters Lulu Garcia Navarro talks with National Catholic Reporter's Joshua McElwee about an article that criticizes religious Trump supporters. I'm not the first to discuss this phenomenon. This report is said to reveal not so much the existence of a 'gay lobby', as was said, as the omnipresence of homosexuals in the Vatican, blackmail and harassment built into the system. In most cases it isn't simply a general inclination, of a certain fluidity, homophilia or 'tendencies', as people said at the time, nor even repressed or sublimated sexuality, all equally prevalent in the Church of Rome. Do I need to say that Francis knows the people he addresses in this way without naming them: cardinals, papal masters of ceremonies, former secretaries of state, deputies, minor assistants or chamberlains? The first person who used that coded expression in front of me was an archbishop from the Roman Curia. Despite what the cardinal says, the recent history of Catholic Christianity shows that for the Vatican, "the unity of the church" precisely "require[s] a … Lastly – alas! È Bianca! “This Holy Father, […] The intimate stories of these men who give an image of piety in public and lead a quite different life in private, so different from one another, present us with a complex intrigue to unravel. in English, magna cum laude from Harvard and a M.A and Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Yale. They are less so today because the resignation of Benedict XVI and Pope Francis's desire for reform have freed people's tongues. Many cardinals and priests who officiate at the Roman Curia, most of those who meet up in conclave beneath the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo – one of the most grandiose scenes of gay culture, peopled with virile bodies, surrounded by the Ignudi, those robust and beautiful naked young men – share the same 'inclinations'. Double life? 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