“Shopping for sunglasses,” explains Jessica. “By the way, my boyfriend is Barton O’Connor. He played the role of Richard Chesterman in a biopic last year.”
“In a Moment of Divine Sophistication,” interrupts Marlene. She turns to Jessica. “It’s a good film, actually. But strictly underground. I’m sure they’ve never heard of it. Or your boyfriend.”
“Get over it!” chimes in Daphne.
“I know all about Richard Chesterman,” says Niccolò. “Church massacres rarely escape my attention. Especially when it involves a Catholic church.”
POSTING THIS DUE TO TODAY’S ATTACK:
A priest was killed and another critically wounded in an attack at a Catholic church in Phoenix, police said early Thursday.
The Rev. Kenneth Walker was fatally shot, and the Rev. Joseph Terra is hospitalized in critical condition…
NOTE: Niccolò di Montachiesa (Ignatius I) is the Jesuit pope in this novel, which is a religious satire that focuses on the Catholic church. In the book, which largely takes place in Caifornia, nobody believes that Niccolò is the former pope. Therefore, his statement comes as somewhat of a surprise.