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Sunday, April 03, 2005


Just for laughs and giggles, I began reading a Father Koesler mystery, written by Father William X. Kienzle. Not knowing what to expect, I was very pleasantly surprised to find a decent mystery along with a sensible elucidation of some of the myriad issues facing the Roman Catholic Church today.

This title explores the distinctions between the Anglican and Roman versions of religion. Father George Wheatley, a popular Anglican priest with several children has decided he wants to become consecrated in the Roman church.

This decision causes consternation among his family and friends not to mention the Anglican and Roman communities. It also provides a motive for murder. To name but a few: Wheatley's son, an Anglican priest with designs on a bishopric; his daughter deeply involved in a lesbian relationship; and a parishioner opposed to Vatican II changes to the liturgy. Unfortunately, the bomb that was intended for Father Wheatley during his re-ordination kills a visiting priest. Father Koesler and his friend Lieutenant Tully and former investigatory mate Inspector Walter Koznicki.

Kienzle provides several red herrings for the reader. As an atheist who finds religious myths and rituals fascinating, I enjoyed this book immensely.
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