Kill them all. God will look after His own. --Arnald-Amalric, Abbott of Citeaux, at the massacre of Beziers, 1209
Kill 'em all. Let God sort 'em out. --A popular US t-shirt, 1986
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The grass was unnaturally green.
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Father Patrick Bryce, a Catholic priest with a present-day Minneapolis parish - and a pedophile past. He's spent time at a church-run retreat for priests of his persuasion and returned "rehabilitated": even better equipped to keep his vice active and hidden.
Until the blackmail begins.
It comes from three different sources (his own bishop being one), and each tops the next in imaginative proposals: Father Pat mus head a militant (and probably illegal) anti-abortion campaign; Father Pat must apologize to each of his victims, face-to-face; Father Pat must read, and be ready to discuss, the work of a bizarre cult science fiction writer, and get the face of Satan tattooed on his chest. But the blackmailers and their demands are the least of Father Pat's problems. More dire is his increasingly incontrovertible sense that the nightmares in which he has been leading the life of a thirteenth-century bishop are not dreams at all. And that the Church, rife with corruption and scandal in both eras, is the only realistic sanctuary for him and his doppelganger, Bishop Silvanus de Roquefort, as they move - at once separately and together - through their own centuries-spanning maze of soul-killing horrors toward a distinctly hellish destiny.
On the surface, Father Pat Bryce of Minneapolis is a fine man, a pro-life activist running a boarding house for pregnant girls to save them from an abortion. In reality, he is a pederast with a fondness for altar boys and he is shelling out parish funds to keep a blackmailer quiet. The story of a double life.… (more)