[Marxism] New Title: The Pope is Not Gay

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Tue Aug 31 11:20:04 MDT 2010






THE POPE IS NOT GAY! by ANGELO QUATTROCCHI is launching at POLARI at the Southbank Centre on Tuesday 14th September, 6.30-9.00pm.

After June's Polari Goes Pop, London's peerless gay literary salon is back with Polari Goes Pope. Marking the pontiff's hotly debated visit to the UK and the publication of Angelo Quattrocchi's book THE POPE IS NOT GAY!, tonight's line-up includes Gerry Potter, James Maker, Ste McCabe and David Hoyle.

Admission free, booking fee £1.45 / members £0.00. For more information on the event or to book tickets, call the Ticket Office: 0844 875 0073 or online here:  http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/literature-spoken-word/tickets/polari-goes-pope-54643

See the Protest the Pope! listing here http://www.protest-the-pope.org.uk/2010/08/polari-goes-pope-the-pope-is-not-gay-launch/


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 in 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.


Anarchist and poet, ANGELO QUATTROCCHI (1945-2009) reported from London, Paris, and the US for Italian newspapers in the 1960s and 1970s and subsequently worked as a scriptwriter for the BBC, Channel 4, and Italian television. His books include The Beginning of the End with Tom Nairn.


ISBN 978 1 84467 474 9 / $16.95 / £8.99 / $21.00CAN / Paperback / 192 pages


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