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Eighty per cent of Vatican priests are gay and living in the closet, according to an explosive new book to be published next week.
The 570-page expose, titled In the Closet of the Vatican, claims that four in five clerics in the Roman Catholic Church are homosexuals - but aren't necessarily sexually active.
Sociologist - Journalist - Frederic - Martel - Years
French sociologist and journalist Frederic Martel, who spent four years conducting 1,500 interviews for the book, found that some priests maintained discreet long term relationships, while others lived double lives having casual sex with gay partners and using male prostitutes.
He found that a number of clerics spoke of an unspoken code of the 'closet', with one rule of thumb being that the more homophobic they were, the more likely they were gay.
Author - Adviser - Government - Alfonso - López
The author, a former adviser to the French government, claims the late Alfonso López Trujillo - a Colombian cardinal who held senior roles in the Vatican - was an arch-defender of the church's teaching on homosexuality and contraception while using male prostitutes, according to Catholic website the Tablet.
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