Frédéric Martel, Author of “In the Closet of the Vatican,” Offers Lengthy Response to Critics

Frédéric Martel, the author of the controversial In the Closet of the Vatican published earlier this year, has responded to critics by saying Catholics do not like the truth and the church is "burning and threatening to collapse." Read More

Did Pope Francis Read and Like a New Book on Homosexuality and the Vatican?

Did Pope Francis read Frédéric Martel's controversial new book on homosexuality and the Vatican? One news report says yes and that he rather liked it. Read More

Gay Priest’s Death May Be a Cause of Book on Homosexuality and the Vatican

Discussions of Frederic Martel’s controversial book, In the Closet of the Vatican, have continued well past... Read More

Former Pope Benedict XVI Partially Blames “Homosexual Cliques” for Sexual Abuse Crisis

The former pope, Benedict XVI, has become the latest Church leader to blame gay priests for the clergy sexual abuse crisis, a myth which remains debated despite evidence that homosexuality is not a cause of the crisis. Read More

Bishop Refuses to Speak with Priest Who Recently Came Out as Gay

A Dutch bishop is refusing to speak to a priest in his diocese who came out as gay this spring. Meanwhile, the priest has written a letter to the bishop, to parishioners, and to others in the Church further explaining his decision to come out and to publish a book on his experiences. Read More

Priest Suspended after Coming Out as Gay, Criticizing “Big Pink Elephant” in Church

Pastors in the Netherlands have again made headlines this year for their LGBTQ advocacy, this time involving a rainbow crosswalk and a controversial new book. Read More

Transgender Surgeries Are “Luciferian Refusal” of God’s Will, Says Top Vatican Cardinal

A top Vatican official has condemned so-called gender ideology, specifically gender-confirming surgery, as "a Luciferian refusal" of God's will and has endorsed the Vatican's ban on gay priests. Read More

Theological Forum Publishes Review Series on New Book, “In the Closet of the Vatican”

The latest additions to the discourse surrounding Frédéric Martel's controversial new book, In the Closet of the Vatican, have been published by an online humanities forum featuring a Catholic theologians and pastoral ministers. Read More

LGBTQ Advocates’ Reviews Split Over New Book, “In the Closet of the Vatican”

A new book on homosexuality and the Vatican released last week has generated a number of reviews and commentaries. Today's post highlights several with links provided for further reading. Read More

Was the Summit the Beginning of the End of Clericalism?

A main theme at the summit was how the problem of clericalism has hampered the life of the Church and has been the main cause of the sex abuse crisis.  Although clericalism had emerged as an important theme before the summit, it was amazing to see how many speakers condemned it as a significant problem that the hierarchy must work to eradicate. Read More