Aside from the subject matter, the book is astonishing for the access Martel had to the inner sanctum of the Holy See. Martel writes that he spent four years researching it in 30 countries, including weeks at a time living inside the Vatican walls. But he said it should have been obvious to them since he is a gay man who was researching the inner world of the Vatican and has written about homosexuality before. He said it was easier for him, as a gay foreigner, to gain the trust of those inside the Vatican than it would have been for an Italian journalist or Vatican expert.
2010 Vatican employee sex scandal
Vatican leaks scandal - Wikipedia
The Vatican employee sex scandal was an incident in March in which two part-time employees of the Holy See , a consultant who also served as a lay attendant of the pope  and another who was a professional member of the Saint Peter's Choir ,  were reported in the press to be part of a homosexual male prostitution ring. The Catholic Church considers prostitution and homosexual acts to be gravely sinful offenses  and the Vatican severed its connections with both men, one of whom had been arrested. Italian engineering executive Angelo Balducci was reportedly involved with pimping a Nigerian Cappella Giulia member, Thomas Chinedu Ehiem, for the services of male prostitutes as part of a local prostitution ring. In March , this escalated into a national scandal in Italy when wiretaps and police documents were published in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica which indicated that Ehiem had been in regular contact with Balducci, and that the main subject of their conversation was "gay sex". He told me he was married and that I had to do it in great secrecy. Balducci was one of four men arrested for alleged involvement in the prostitution racket and hired lawyer Franco Coppi.
Bombshell book alleges a Vatican gay subculture, hypocrisy
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In one, a north Italian priest has been removed from office after allegations emerged that he had been surfing the internet to find gay lovers and had been involved in gay orgies. The other, which has generated — if possible — even more lurid press coverage in Italy, alleges a priest in the south of the country is under investigation on suspicion of murdering one of his parishioners. Father Gratien Alabi, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, is under investigation for murder following the discovery of female bones under the flagstones of an ancient mountain chapel. The bones are anticipated to belong to Guerrina Piscaglia, 50, who disappeared from nearby Arezzo in Tuscany last year, The Times reported. Meanwhile, to the north of the country, the local Curia is scrambling to address the allegations made by a year-old man from Rovigo, midway between Bologna and Venice.