Thursday, June 15, 2017
Conclave - Review
by Robert Harris, narrated by Roy McMillan
Published September 22 2016 by Random House Audio
Finished June 15 2017
In my twenties I read every Andrew Greeley novel I could lay my hands on; and now listening to Conclave reminded me a lot of Greeley since he wrote so prolifically about Cardinals, Popes, celibacy, politics, etc. Men of God, be they priests, Monsignors, Cardinals, or the Pope himself are, after all, men and by nature, not without sin. In Conclave, as the name implies, 118 Cardinals have gathered to elect a new Pope. One by one, their sins are disclosed and the contender list shrinks. Can anyone be found who is pure, worthy, capable, and qualified for the calling?
The dear departed Pope sounded as if modeled after our current liberal-leaner, Frances, but probably more of a schemer--who knows. It seemed as if this Conclave was taking place somewhere in the not too distant future. Harris' view of the future might not be as we would imagine. Or maybe so. I figured out the new Pope's identity almost immediately, but that was about it. The ending was just great--it made me whoop out loud. I highly recommend this, whether you're Catholic or not (I'm not and I still loved it).