The Pope is Not Gay! is an irreverent history of homophobic and sexist obscurantism in the Holy Roman Church and an endoscopic examination of its greatest contemporary advocate, Pope Benedict XVI. In his inimitable style, Angelo Quattrocchi traces the evolution of Joseph Ratzinger’s life, beginning with the pope’s childhood in Nazi Germany, his membership of the Hitler youth in Bavaria and his conscription into the German anti-aircraft corps. His has been a startling career, a story that helps explain his development as a reactionary theologian and culminates in his carefully planned election to the papacy in 2005. Quattrocchi contrasts the Pope’s doctrinal rigidity on issues such as birth control, abortion, and homosexuality to his extravagant attire and his controversial relationship with his private secretary, Cardinal Georg Gänswein. Rigidity on all fronts.
Illustrated throughout and including Ratzinger’s key writings on homosexuality as an appendix, The Pope is Not Gay! sheds new light on the Catholic Church’s sustained interference in contemporary politics and society and the hypocrisy of its pontiffs past and present.
“[A] witty polemic.”
“[A]n entertaining and provoking pamphlet.”
“The Pope talks like a gay man, walks like a gay man and dresses like a gay man ... If the Pope is gay, his hypocrisy is breath-taking.”
““Not your average Pope-bashing ... the book is deeply offensive” - Catholic Herald”
“Quattrocchi draws our attention to the amount of care, since his election, Ratzinger has taken with his accessories, wearing designer sunglasses, for example, or gold cufflinks, and different sorts of funny hats and a pair of red shoes from Prada that would take the eyes out of you.”