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May 14, 2019 update: This report now contains the full text of the message from the person who met with Pope Francis and discussed 'Inside the Closet of the Vatican'.

May 10, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Crux reports today that an advocate fighting against sexual abuse recently met with Pope Francis in a private audience and that the Pope told him that he read Frédéric Martel's book Inside the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy. “He said he read it. He said it was good and that he knew of many of them. We discussed good gays and the gays who are evil, but because of power,” the advocate said in a text message obtained by Crux (read full message below).

Pope Francis is said also to have known about some of the homosexual people working at the Vatican.

This information comes from a text message that was sent to Martel himself and that Crux was able to read. The author of the message was contacted, but wished to remain anonymous.

Martel's main thesis is that the Vatican's clergy has large numbers of homosexuals among them and he proposes the Church drop the ban on homosexuality. In his view, the sexual abuse crisis is linked to those “hidden” homosexuals who are not allowed to admit their homosexuality.

Speaking with Crux, Martel states that in the Church, “there is a singularity where 80-85 percent of the victims of the priests are boys or men.”

“In the Church the link is clear,” he says.

As Martel reports to Crux, “Most of the homosexual clergy he has interviewed 'have a sexuality that is sublimated and repressed,' which in his view leads not only to living a double life and even crime, but also creates problems in terms of accountability.”

“All the stories of cover-up are intrinsically linked to homosexuality,” Martel said. “In 90 percent of the cases the bishop who covers up is himself homosexual. When something happens, he is afraid of the scandal, he is afraid of the ‘mediatization’, he’s afraid of the trial because he fears that his own homosexuality may be revealed.”

Martel is convinced that this culture of secrecy at the Vatican opens the door to blackmail. “There is a lot of blackmail,” he said.


Full message obtained by LifeSiteNews:

“After I met you [Frédéric Martel] in Rome, I met with the Pope and asked him about your book[.] He said he had read it. He said it was good. That he knew of many of them. He told me being gay is not a problem. We discussed good gays and those gays that are evil but because of power.”

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Dr. Maike Hickson was born and raised in Germany. She holds a PhD from the University of Hannover, Germany, after having written in Switzerland her doctoral dissertation on the history of Swiss intellectuals before and during World War II. She now lives in the U.S. and is married to Dr. Robert Hickson, and they have been blessed with two beautiful children. She is a happy housewife who likes to write articles when time permits.

Dr. Hickson published in 2014 a Festschrift, a collection of some thirty essays written by thoughtful authors in honor of her husband upon his 70th birthday, which is entitled A Catholic Witness in Our Time.

Hickson has closely followed the papacy of Pope Francis and the developments in the Catholic Church in Germany, and she has been writing articles on religion and politics for U.S. and European publications and websites such as LifeSiteNews, OnePeterFive, The Wanderer, Rorate Caeli,, Catholic Family News, Christian Order, Notizie Pro-Vita, Corrispondenza Romana,, Der Dreizehnte,  Zeit-Fragen, and Westfalen-Blatt.