White Smoke: A Novel of Papal Election
The cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church have gathered in Rome for the papal election following the death of the incumbent pope. Torn by internal conflict and with many of its members alienated, the Church faces one of the most serious crises in its history. A coalition of cardinals favors a more moderate and pluralistic style of papal governance, but must contend with shadowy Vatican forces that oppose change and loss of their own power. These forces are determined to destory the coalition's candidate, a gentle and brilliant Spanish scholar. The leader of the coalition is Chicago's wily Sean Cardinal Cronin, aided by his patently indispensable sidekick, Bishop John Blackwood "Blackie" Ryan.
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WHITE SMOKEUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
The pomp, circumstance, and ungodly intrigue attendant on the election of a new Pope provide a dramatic setting for this diverting, albeit message-laden, fiction from the prolific Father Greeley ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Demiguise - LibraryThing
Greeley has never shied away from taking on topics that are controversial, and this is no exception. He uses the papal election as a backdrop for greed, ambition, sex, pride, and any of the other ... Read full review