The Keys of St. PeterBook - 1957
A naive young seminarist, Victor Mas, is assigned to a post in Rome, where his patron is Cardinal Belloro, to whom little the Church has to offer remains sacred. The Pope is revealed as more human than saint; the basic tenets of Church polity, in particular perhaps, the matter of indulgences, is approached with a cynical and wicked humour. The Cardinal is irresistible, and Victor, under his tutelage, loses many of his illusions, and finds that he is still a man first, a priest second. The story bogs down too often in the minutiae of argument, as members of the Cardinal's household chart the prescribed course of thinking in meticulous detail only to have their pattern destroyed by a quick-witted, oblique barb on the part of the Cardinal. Inevitably, Victor falls in love -- in a most adolescent way. And the denouement is inevitable, as the apprenticeship nears its end.
Publisher: London : Secker, 1957.
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 320 p. ;,21 cm.