Father Elijah: An Apocalypse (Google eBook)

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Ignatius Press, Nov 1, 1997 - Fiction - 596 pages
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Michael O'Brien presents a thrilling apocalyptic novel about the condition of the Roman Catholic Church at the end of time. It explores the state of the modern world, and the strengths and weaknesses of the contemporary religious scene, by taking his central character, Father Elijah Schäfer, a Carmelite priest, on a secret mission for the Vatican which embroils him in a series of crises and subterfuges affecting the ultimate destiny of the Church.

Father Elijah is a convert from Judaism, a survivor of the Holocaust, a man once powerful in Israel. For twenty years he has been "buried in the dark night of Carmel" on the mountain of the prophet Elijah. The Pope and the Cardinal Secretary of State call him out of obscurity and give him a task of the highest sensitivity: to penetrate into the inner circles of a man whom they believe may be the Antichrist. Their purpose: to call the Man of Sin to repentance, and thus to postpone the great tribulation long enough to preach the Gospel to the whole world.

In this richly textured tale, Father Elijah crosses Europe and the Middle East, moves through the echelons of world power, meets saints and sinners, presidents, judges, mystics, embattled Catholic journalists, faithful priests and a conspiracy of traitors within the very House of God. This is an apocalypse in the old literary sense, but one that was written in the light of Christian revelation.

  

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Catholic apocalyptic literature: if such a genre exists, then this novel epitomises it; if not, it spearheads it. The catholicity of this novel is amazing. And that intrigue was sustained by a spy ... Read full review

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Enjoyed it until the end. Maybe I need to re-read the last couple of chapters. Read full review

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Contents

Carmel
15
Rome
31
The Vatican
51
Assisi
74
Ruth
90
Naples
111
Isola di Capri
137
Rome
160
The Conference
317
Rome
351
Rome
369
Foligno
391
Rome
434
Advent
463
In Pectore
493
Capri
524

Rome
194
Warsaw
238
The Confession
265
Another Confession
288
Panaya Kapulu
544
Apokalypsis
575
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About the author (1997)

O'Brien taught at the University of Arkansas until 1987. He is now Phillip R. Shriver Professor of History at Miami University of Ohio.

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