In a book exposing the “corruption and hypocrisy” in the Vatican, French journalist Frédéric Martel says most senior clerics are gay.
Martel researched the book, called “Inside the Closet” for four years. It alleges the priests that speak out against homosexuality are gay, according to the Guardian. The book’s publisher, Bloomsbury, says it “reveals secrets” about celibacy, misogyny and plots against Pope Francis. It reveals “a clerical culture of secrecy which starts in junior seminaries and continues right up to the Vatican itself.”
Pope Francis has in the past said being gay is a trend, and also an issue in priesthood.
“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,” he said, according to the Guardian.
The book will be published Wednesday, the same day as a sexual abuse summit at the Vatican.