The Vicar of Christ by Walter F. Murphy

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The New York Times bestselling novel is now available in an Anniversary Edition, featuring an extensive new Foreword by Justice Samuel Alito. (NOTE: Only the new edition from Quid Pro Books is an all-new printing and includes the new Foreword, even if this description erroneously appears under used copies of older printings such as a 'mass market paperback.')

This book is universally considered to be an unusual, fascinating, and well-written observation of the life of a man who was first a war hero and Medal of Honor winner from the Korean War, then Chief Justice of the United States, later a monk, and finally elected Pope: Pope Francis I. His exciting life is described by three men who ‘knew him well.’ The first narrator is a Marine, telling of their time together in Korea. A constitutional scholar and Supreme Court Justice, appalled at the new Chief Justice, narrates the second phase. The third is a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church: fat, kind but distracted. The Marine cares for him the most, the Supreme Court Justice condescends and despises him, and the Cardinal is much more interested in food than his subject. But Declan Walsh was a man who earned the Medal of Honor while ordering the death of his best friend, ruled pragmatically and energetically on the Court but lost his way to death and neglect, and became a miraculous healer, threatened for challenging the powers that rule the secular world.

What makes this book extraordinary is that it proves itself by paradox — reconciling and weaving together strong, seemingly incompatible elements into a cohesive, memorable work quite unlike any other in recent fiction. Ambitious in length and scope, the stage is nothing less than the contemporary world, its recent history and prophecy; while the focus, from several points of view, is clearly upon a single man — an American — who rises to become Bishop of Rome.

The book is now available in a new Kindle edition from Quid Pro Books, also featuring the insightful new introduction by Justice Alito.


About Walter F. Murphy

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Published January 18, 2015 by Quid Pro Books. 550 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, History, Religion & Spirituality, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction

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The American Catholic

Every priest, especially the Pope is duty bound as real representative of Christ, the “Vicar of Christ” on earth to offer the real sacrifice of the crucifixion, to God, the Father, for the atonement of our sins and the price of mercy, for in Love, God created man, in Justice, God condemned him an...

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