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8 in 10 Vatican priests are gay, controversial new book claims

8 in 10 Vatican priests are gay, controversial new book claims

A priest holding a metal glass of Communion wine

Many senior Vatican priests who attack LGBTI causes are themselves gay, according to a book to be published next week.

Allegedly 80% of priests working at the Vatican are gay, though not all are sexually active.

French journalist Frédéric Martel, who is gay, spent four years researching the 570-page book.

Martel is a former adviser to the French government and has written extensively on LGBTI rights.

In the Closet of the Vatican is described as a ‘startling account of corruption and hypocrisy at the heart of the Vatican,’ according to British publisher Bloomsbury.

It stated: ‘The more a prelate is homophobic, the more likely it is that he is himself gay.’

‘The Vatican’s secret’

Previously, Martel denounced the Vatican’s stance on homosexuality in a 2014 interview in 2014 with HuffPo Italy.

Martel said: ‘In short, the more you are gay in private, the more you will be homophobic in public. This is the Vatican’s secret.’

‘The [Vatican’s] refusal to acknowledge gay rights is based on hypocrisy.

‘Many people within the Vatican are gay.’

As a result ‘they show an excessing anti-gay behaviour.’

Abuse not confronted in the Vatican

Martel carried out 1,500 interviews for the book set for a 21 February release.

Notably, it is on the same day more than 100 bishops will gather in Vatican City to hold a four-day summit discussing sexual abuse allegations.

Sources range from 41 cardinals, 52 bishops and monsignors, and more than 200 priests and seminarians, Catholic news outlet The Tablet reported.

Martel’s research found a secretive culture among priests created conditions in which abuse remains un-confronted.

The book is due to be published in 20 countries and in eight languages.

Meanwhile a survey last year found the majority of catholics want the Church yo be more LGB inclusive.

Many Catholics are urging the Church to change its teaching on LGBTI topics to welcome young queer youth.