Mortal Remains

Rigidity

by S. M. Hutchens

While the book was crafted and released in the manner of a bombshell, the message of Frédéric Martel’s Sodom (English title, In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy) is not a shocking exposé to those who have kept up on Vatican affairs and read the publications of authors like Michael Rose, Leon Podles, Ross Douthat, Philip Lawler, Sandro Magister, and Henry Sire. Rather, it offers detail and exterior perspective to what is already known. By “exterior” I do not refer to Martel’s distance from his subject, but to a viewpoint radically different from that of the other authors named, all of whom are traditional Christians with the best interests of the Catholic Church . . .

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S. M. Hutchens is a senior editor.

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