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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (February 17, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385485484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385485487
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,506,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

In this satirical novel, Irish author and former Catholic priest De Rosa (Rebels, Fawcett, 1992)?whose Bless Me Father, which he wrote as Neil Boyd in 1977, spawned the BBC television series of the same name?takes on papal politics and the future of the world in the third millennium. In 2009, Republican Catholic Roone Delaney has defeated Sylvester Stallone for the presidency; the Ice War has succeeded the Cold War, with power balanced between the United States and the militant Federation of Islamic Republics; and Pope John Paul II has just died. A fluke nomination and a deadlocked ballot result in the election of Irish Cardinal Brian O'Flynn as Pope Patrick, and then the fireworks start. In three encyclicals, Patrick takes on sex (permissible only for procreation), money (to be provided to the poor interest-free, an idea that shakes financial markets worldwide), and nuclear arms (immoral). Patrick is a loving and lovable character whose logic is unarguable and whose story is sometimes funny, sometimes moving, and too often painfully plausible. Thought-provoking entertainment; for most collections.?Michele Leber, Fairfax Cty. P.L., Va.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

It is 2009, and John Paul II has died after raving on his deathbed, in dozens of languages, against contraception. Meanwhile, the U.S. has elected Roone Delaney the first Catholic, albeit Republican, president since Kennedy because his opponent, Sylvester Stallone, waffled momentarily on the prospect of nuking the entire Arab world, which, united as the Federation of (fundamentalist) Islamic Republics, is led by the militant Ayatollah Hourani. Into this predicament comes--though possibly brain damaged as well as, without question, inspired--a new pope. Irish and named after Saint Patrick. Who becomes the focus for former priest de Rosa's marvelous, engaging satire on priestly celibacy, contraception, the Vatican Bank, usury, and much more. Fast paced, tenderhearted but sharp tongued, and featuring a wonderful role for a Labrador retriever when the movie version is made, this is a delight. Patricia Monaghan

Customer Reviews

I hope not, read it and you will see why!
Mark Greschel
A friend gave me this book as a gift, figuring that I needed to add a little variety.
T. Taylor
Funny, touching, & downright scary at times!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Anyone who ponders the role of religion in the modern world from the perspective of fealty to Christ's mission expressed in the Bible and voiced through the Catholic Church cannot ignore this book. Peter de Rosa speaks with a tongue planted firmly in one cheek and a pen held high over religious and government leaders not unlike a sword of Damoclese testing their values and exposing their hypocracies. Set twelve years in the future, the novel potends a not unlikely geopolitical future: a world again on the brink of nuclear annihilation. Now, however, the toe-to-toe death struggle is not between the West and the Soviets, but between the West and a pan-Islamic state bent on purging the world of infidels. Following the death of an elderly John Paul II, an unlikely compromise pope is elected, an unknown academic bishop from Ireland thought by the behind-the-scenes papal kingmakers to be a harmless new custodian of the Keys of the Kingdom. The new leader of the world's largest Christian congregation, this papal compromise proves not to fulfill the innocuous caretaker's role as expected. Driven by a abiding respect for the message of the Gospel and an all-encompassing love for God's living creation (including a dog named Charlie who sleeps at the foot of the papal bed each night and is served a dish of holy water when thirsty), Pope Patrick I proceeds to turn the Catholic and non-Catholic world at large on its head through a series of pronoucements and deeds that stun his Vatican Curia as well as the leaders of the major world government. At the same time, this self-proclaimed "chief of the poor" delights the impovrished, hungry and helpless across the planet.Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is the best book I've read for years. It's a biting satire of much of the (near-future) Roman Catholic Church, but the author is never blasphemous or derogatory of Christianity. De Rosa is deeply spiritual, especially when speaking of Ireland, tender, gentle, at times terrifying, and at times so funny that I ended up laughing aloud at the mechanic's. I especially recommend it for anyone interested in Irish spirituality or the current problems in Roman Catholicism---it's the best thing since "Shoes of the Fisherman" in this genre.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. R. Leach on November 7, 2002
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A wonderful book filled with humor, wit and plot. Respectful of Christian truth but ruthless in dealing with hypocracy. Patrick is a contrariwise, genteel pope who drives his cardinals nuts.
Many don't know Peter De Rosa wrote earlier under the Pen Name, Neil Boyd. His earlier series, Bless Me Father, was turned into a successful PBS (English) series and that video series is available through Acorn distributors. The books can be found here from used book sellers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 1997
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Humerous beyond words, this book includes valuable socio-economic models and some unique religious and moral responses to today's world. Follow the Pope through a traditional Irish retreat, through the Vatican political bureaucracy and into the world of economics and you will enjoy the genious of the author as well as the unique humor of the Irish.

Patrick's solution of the third-world's poverty is a lesson in simplicity worthy of reflection and emulation!

If only Jimmy Stewart could have played this role!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Orsini (JessiLaurn@aol.com) on May 1, 1998
Format: Hardcover
"Pope Patrick" is by far the funniest and most cynical review of the Vatican to reach print in the past hundred years. It leaves you rolling in your seat, and at the same time reaffirms one's belief that things can turn out right despite everyone who stands in the way.
Unfortunately, the "surprise ending" in the last few pages completely shatters the aforementioned good feelings, and instills a depression that hasn't been matched since "Apocalypse Now."
If you truly want to make someone's Friday and Saturday but destroy their Sunday, hand them "Pope Patrick".
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 24, 1998
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This is simply the best book I have ever read. Hands down, no questions asked. I loved every page of it.
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By T. Taylor on February 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I normally read a lot of romance novels. A friend gave me this book as a gift, figuring that I needed to add a little variety.

The premise of the book - an Irish priest is elected Pope after John Paul II expires. Funny, in the book JP dies in 2009 vs the reality of his demise in 2005. But that isn't the only timely thing...

It was a sad moment when I finished the book - felt like I lost a friend.

Most of all, it reminds the reader that the church (no matter what religion) is the heart. Read it - you'll like it!!!
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Humerous beyond words, this book includes valuable socio-economic models and some unique religious and moral responses to today's world. Follow the Pope through a traditional Irish retreat, through the Vatican political bureaucracy and into the world of economics and you will enjoy the genious of the author as well as the unique humor of the Irish. Patrick's solution of the third-world's poverty is a lesson in simplicity worthy of reflection and emulation! If only Jimmy Stewart could have played this role!
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