Will a new book hijack coverage of the sexual abuse summit?
This week on Inside the Vatican, we will fill you in on Cardinal Muller’s recent manifesto, along with updates on the McCarrick case, preparations for next week’s summit on sexual abuse and information on a bombshell book that threatens to overshadow that summit.
In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy is a salacious new 571-page book that is expected to be released on the first day of the Vatican’s summit on sexual abuse and the protection of minors. It is by a French journalist, Frederic Martel, who claims that he has interviewed hundreds of sources in and around the Vatican to reveal which Vatican officials are gay and have active sex lives, and are doing scandalous things like hiring male prostitutes.
The release of the book on the first day of the sexual abuse summit threatens to conflate the issue of gay priests with that of the abuse of children. So this week, we will look at the ethics of writing a book like this, as well as the intentions behind it.