Pulling no punches, this book exposes the hypocrisy of gay priests in the Catholic Church and the damage their internal homophobia wreaks on gay men in particular, the church’s damning attitude towards the LGBT community and the aftermath of the clerical abuse scandals, as well as presenting a compelling insight into Ireland, a country once embedded in Catholicism which is quickly becoming one of the most politically progressive countries of the world.
Forbidden Fruit also presents a current and real discussion on young people. Does the church envisage a strong and solid future with the next generation of church-goers? Will it embrace their energy, fresh outlook and plethora of opinions on all kinds of intelligent subjects or just revert to default position; manipulation, power and secrets?
The cracks in the Irish Catholic Church are deepening. Sparked by the clerical abuse scandals of the ‘90s and subsequent cover-ups and denials, the underpinning pillars of trust and respect continue to crumble. This explosive book investigates life and Catholicism in Ireland over the past thirty years, exposing the hypocrisy further threatening its future. We need answers: why does the church still view homosexuality as sinful when a high percentage of Catholic priests are gay? Why are homophobic Catholic priests intent on making the LGBT community (gay men, particularly) feel worthless? Using significant research and interviews with thirty Catholic priests, Forbidden Fruit responds to these controversial questions, offers a compelling insight into Ireland’s current position as one of the most politically progressive countries in the world and reflects on whether now is the time to cast aside decades of hurt and disappointment and finally forgive the church.