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   Breakaway Pope, The, by John Cantwell Kiley  
  Novel, first publication in December 2002
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      Finally, after two thousand years of circling the wagons against its many critics, Martin Luther and Henry VIII being the most devastating, the Vatican is taken to task internally: by the Pope himself! Pope John XXIII’s Vatican II “innovations” were as nothing compared to what Pope Peter II will do. Admittedly he is a fictional Pope, proposed as the immediate successor to the present Pope, John Paul II, but in life, when do facts end and fictions begin? In The Breakaway Pope, Pope Peter II acts with all the authority vested in his office as the Vicar of Christ. His is ‘an inside job.’ And it is met with fierce, virtually unanimous resistance from the Cardinals who elected him and who now want to depose him for heresy. This effort is spearhead by the Cardinal Secretary of State, a Jesuit who, like all Jesuit priests, took a fourth vow to defend the Pope. All this is happening in a world threatened by the unleashing of weapons of mass destruction, which could spell the end of human planetary life!

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