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.
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