Home World "Sodoma" explores the place of homosexuality in the heart of the Vatican

"Sodoma" explores the place of homosexuality in the heart of the Vatican

The author of this survey describes an institution imbued with sociability and references with strong homosexuality, even though it condemns this sexual orientation.

By Cécile Chambraud Posted today at 12h00, updated at 12h00

Time to Reading 5 min.

Subscribers article

Mass at St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, 2 February.
Mass at St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, 2 February. TIZIANA FABI / AFP

Pope Francis will receive it at the end of the week, and the biblical reference of the title clearly announces its intention. Sodoma, investigation in the heart of the Vatican (Robert Laffont, 23 euros), a book of 632 pages on homosexuality at the top of the Catholic Church, will appear on February 21 in twenty countries at a time, in eight languages. At the same time, a four-day summit on pedophilia will begin in Rome, to which all presidents of episcopal conferences in the world have been summoned. The subject of the book and the concomitance with the Roman summit have everything to feed a new episode of virulent internal struggles within the Roman power. Already attacked on its management of sexual abuse, the church could soon face a lawsuit for hypocrisy in its speech on sexuality.

The author of this survey is French. For four years, writer and journalist Frédéric Martel investigated in Rome and in many countries, including Latin America. He spoke with clerics, diplomats, politicians, journalists, gay activists, prostitutes, Roman policemen, Swiss guards and even a confessor of St. Peter – in total "Almost 1,500 people". He spent one week a month in the Vatican, regularly housed in the city-state or in two of his dependencies at the invitation of prelates who were also direct sources.

To shut up is to protect oneself

It describes an institution imbued with sociability, references, relationships with strong homosexuality, even though it made the condemnation of this sexual orientation – continuing to see a behavior "Inherently messy" – one of the structuring messages of her moral discourse, which she has opposed everywhere in homosexual marriage, that she condemns the use of condoms, including to fight against the transmission of HIV, and that she defends the chaste celibacy of priests.

Frédéric Martel does not attack the gap between the obligation of sexual continence imposed on priests and a much more complex reality. He even takes a comprehensive look at these ecclesiastics who arrange themselves as they can with their libido: "For me, a priest or a cardinal must have no shame to be homosexual," he wrote. The presenter of the Sunday magazine Soft Power, on France Culture, is not in a logic of denunciation of individual situations. He has chosen not to reveal the names of those concerned when they are alive – even if the book is littered with small pebbles that will be key reading for readers and the Vatican.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Must Read

The Private Border: Enterprise explorers are poised to launch $ 1 billion in science

President Donald Trump has struggled with some of his signature promises, but now he has set his goals higher: a return to the moon,...

Mama should have the "most difficult operation in the world" with an organ transplant

Michelle Oddy hopes the operation will return her life (Image: Ferrari Press Agency)A desperate mother has been told she has a 40 percent chance...

From € 180 to € 220 off iPad Pro, MacBook Air Retina and iPhone XS Max

Raised on Amazon this morning, some promos on iPad Pro and iPhone XS Max. The 64GB version and sidereal gray of the iPhone...

Masters 1000 Monte Carlo: The complete results of the singles and doubles semifinals

Results from the Monte Carlo tournament Court Rainier III - Italian Time: 11:30 am (local time: 11:30 am)1. Robin Haase / Wesley Koolhof ...