Good readers question everything. They curious about everything–even if that “everything” close to the home and have the possibility to affect their judgement.
How to turn homosexuality into a strength, to turn a weakness into an advantage; by becoming a priest. This allowed them to regain power over their own lives, imagining that they were answering the twofold call of Christ and their desires. (p.9)
I remember watching the news about a gay priest that finally came out at Vatican some years ago–and of course the counter statement from Pope Francis who said he wouldn’t judge people who accept the Lord, but have the tendency to be homosexuals.
The news came as shock to some people, even though not to so many people as it has become more like a ‘he who must not be named’ kind of thing: we know, we just pretend that we do not know. A public denial.
In The Closet Of The Vatican, is an exposé on life in the Vatican, notably its alleged gay culture and the hypocrisy. It’s an ambitious let alone thick book, as the author had interviewed 1,500 individuals, including 41 cardinals, 52 bishops and monsignori as well as apostolic nuncios, Swiss Guards, and over 200 Catholic priests.
As I second Pope Francis about not to judge people based on their sexual preference and I do believe in equality–I just don’t believe that homosexuality suits any Church leading professions. Because everything seems like a huge contradiction. Christian lies their faith on what’s written in the Bible. And when you are a church leader, you can never be anything but being the perfect example of how the Christian faith applies and manifests in your life.
Reading the book, I found the most disturbing part of this close circle is not only the double life, but also the cover up culture of countless cases of sexual abuse. Whom do you serve anyway? Your God or your own flesh and its endless desires?
As I finished the book and wrote this afterthought, I realized that people might have different opinions. And that’s OK. But we all have to have an anchor or if you’re a Nietzschean, a something to hold on to.
Love wins, rainbows reign. I have nothing against you, brothers.
Be anything you want, express yourself, embrace your sexuality, whenever, wherever—but the pulpit? No, not there.