What Did Frederic Martel Hope to Accomplish With ‘Closet of the Vatican’?

ncregister.com - 03-18


COMMENTARY: The ‘bombshell’ book has been almost universally panned by Catholic commentators. The reception of Frederic Martel’s widely anticipated book In the Closet of the Vatican has been surprising. The tantalizing hints dropped before the “bombshell,” “salacious” book’s release exclaimed, “80% of Vatican priests gay.” After an initial international media flurry, the book has dropped out of sight. Two questions arise in my mind. First, what, if anything, can we infer from this deeply flawed book? Second, what did Martel believe he was accomplishing?