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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Power and Corruption exposes the rot at the heart of the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church today. This brilliant and disturbing piece of investigative writing is based on five years authoritative research, including extensive interviews with those in power. It provides a crucial starting point for any Pope wishing to get to the heart of the problems assailing the moder ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: April 1st 2019 by Roca Editorial
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Mar 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There are not many books I regret wasting time and money on as much as I regret this one. But then I didn’t waste nearly so much of my life as Mr. Martel has in writing this unfortunate piece of gossip, scandal, speculation and opinion. According to Mr. Martel, in the Catholic Church, conservative cardinals, bishops and priests—but especially the cardinals and bishops and he likes to name specific men—are closet homosexuals not in touch with their own sexuality; Liberal clergy are either openly ...more
Karen Adkins
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Martel's primary focus here is on the sexual hypocrisy in the Catholic Church; as in, as the church has become more explicitly homophobic in the reigns of JPII and Benedict, simultaneously more of its bishops and archbishops are engaging in surreptitious gay behavior. The book is most moving, and hardest to read, when Martel details the exploitation and damage that this hypocrisy wreaks; the undocumented immigrants working as trafficked sex workers near the Vatican who have full rosters of cleri ...more
Feb 21, 2019 marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: David Gustafson
Shelves: vatican

(JN; 21st February 2019)

That picture is from the cover of a Portuguese daily newspaper (JN). It adds the view of a Portuguese bishop, saying: "This is changing". (view spoiler)
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Hope so.
Claudia Hoffmann
Important Book, Highly Recommended

Frédéric Martel’s investigation of the Vatican was conducted over 4 years in Italy and 30 other countries . He interviewed 1,500 individuals, including 41 cardinals, 52 bishops and monsignori as well as apostolic nuncios, Swiss Guards, and over 200 Catholic priests. Martel estimates that 80 percent of the priests in the Vatican are homosexual and that 80 of the children abused by priest world wide are adolescent boys between the ages of 11-17. The problem is not
Sam Nigro
Feb 22, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book is really about the gay cult: power, genital maniacs, and hypocrisy. The book is a projection of gay cult into the Vatican. The book itself is an example of why gays have been rejected and ostracized for thousands of years. The book is an addition to the Homosexual Manifesto which was read to U.S. Congress in 1987--check the Manifesto out and understand the gay sickness better. As Sigmund Freud demonstrated, unnatural sex makes people crazy as does violence. "In the Closet of the Vatica ...more
Don Watkins
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Riveting, interesting and a beautiful ending.
Sean Whelan
I think Fr James Martin’s review on this text is the wisest. While the writing is pleasing and enjoyable, the gossipy-tone is unnecessary and off-putting. To be sure, there is a great issue within the Church. If, as Fr Jim says, a tenth of this is true-and most likely is, it is a terrible shame. However, the impact of this book could be far greater without things like calling Benedict “our little queenie” or making observances without any hint of proof. This could have been a truly earth shatter ...more
Antonio Nunez
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a very important book, based on hundreds of interviews of churchmen, including 41 cardinals and nearly a hundred bishops, monsignors and priests, both diocesan and belonging to religious orders, as well as visits to over thirty countries, often multiple visits to multiple countries. The author, a former Catholic born in France, a product of the country’s superb secular education system, is relentless in his pursuit of the rot at the core of the Catholic Church in this century.

This rot h
Álvaro Curia
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trata-se de uma investigação exemplar sobre os meandros da vida dos habitantes de um país, o Vaticano, que partilham, ao contrário de todos os outros países no mundo, a obrigatoriedade de uma fé comum que acarreta determinados pressupostos, como o celibato. A investigação de Martel é digna de uma tese de doutoramento, com confrontação de fontes, avaliação de material prévio, entrevistas, hipóteses de trabalho e conclusões, que atestam o rigor e a compromisso do autor com a fidelidade da obra. Ao ...more
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book provides a historic insight in the church politics for decades and links current problems to the culture: its like a rizoom....
Every roman catholic should have the courage to read what Mr Frederic Martel has to say before just saying "it's probably all bullshit" and prefer to close their eyes...
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Boekrecensie: in de Vaticaankast

Frédéric Martel heeft met “Sodoma, het Geheim van het Vaticaan” een magistraal boek geschreven. Om dat voor elkaar te krijgen is hij persoonlijk afgedaald in de hel. In ruim 600 bladzijden loodst hij ons door de ellendige, meedogenloos cynische wereld van de katholieke kerk, inzonderheid de Romeinse curie van Vaticaanstad. Sodoma is een sociologische studie waar dringend behoefte aan was en ik voorspel dat er nog vele zullen volgen.

Het is jammer dat we de informa
Jan Stedehouder
Though a fascinating read, In the closet of the Vatican isnt a very good book. Martel obviously did his research, interviewing a great many people in various countries over a number of years. Frankly, the research costs alone must have been staggering. And for what? To describe corruption at the highest levels of the Vatican? Nothing new there. I read Peter de Rosas Vicars of Christquite a few years ago, and that is just one of the books dealing with the topic of corruption.

The key argument that
Patrick Ries
Unfortunately an important subject (homosexuality in the clergy of the catholic Church) is treated by Martel in a blathering, gossipy way. It is extremely hard to keep track of what is rumour, what is backbiting and revenge, and what is sound information. Since Martel does not seem to want to out living clergymen, he settles for innuendo (at times strenuous) when it comes to them.

Martel's style is equally poor; he writes a terrible, self-important, tiresome French (not sure what a translation ma
Thomas Van
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally, the truth

I'm 75, and Catholic most of my life. I'm also a Gay man who was married for 46 years to my husband Robert. When he died from cancer I was not allowed to speak about our relationship at his Funeral in a Catholic Church. I was Baptized, Confirmed and Educated during 16 years of Schooling in Catholic Schools. When the Church found out that I was Gay I was treated like garbage. Now we find out about the double standard and hateful homophobia in the Catholic Churc by closeted gay m
alessandra falca
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro inchiesta sull'omosessualità' in Vaticano. Bisogna essere curiosi ed interessati all'argomento. Io l'ho letto come si leggono i libri inchiesta. A tratti avvinta ed a tratti annoiata da tutti quei nomi che per forza Martel deve scrivere, ripetere, dire. Alla fine però, tirando tutte le file, il libro è assolutamente da leggere. C'erano molte cose che io non sapevo. Molte cose segrete che rimarranno segrete. Le leggi di Sodoma, sono tutte dentro il libro.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While reading this expertly investigated and documented book, all I could think of is the quote by James Garfield, “the truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.” Miserable indeed. A worthy read that explains how and why so many inconsistencies exist even today within Catholicism.

John Wilkman
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent description of the hypocrisy of the Vatican

While Mattel’s style is not pleasing (too gossipy), the approach to describe the ‘system’ of denial and hypocrisy is revelling. All should read!!!
Mar 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A book based on gossip and rumours rather than any sort of hard evidence or facts. Very disappointed by the narrative of this book.
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“Por suerte, en Francia se cree más en la poesía que en la religión.” 0 likes
“Jean-Louis Bruguès ha dirigido durante mucho tiempo la célebre Biblioteca Apostólica Vaticana y los no menos célebres Archivos Secretos. En la biblioteca se conservan religiosamente los códices del Vaticano, libros antiguos, papiros inestimables, incunables y un ejemplar en vitela de la Biblia de Gutenberg. —Somos una de las bibliotecas más antiguas y más ricas del mundo. Tenemos en total 54 kilómetros de libros impresos y 87 kilómetros de archivos —me dice Bruguès, que es el hombre de la justa medida.” 0 likes
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