The Hounds of Rome - Mystery of a Fugitive Priest

By Tom Clancy

Father Steve Murphy, a Roman Catholic priest, pastor of a parish in an prosperous suburb of Washington, DC, respected by way of his parishioners, believes he's approximately to be increased to Monsignor. yet, instantly, he's transferred with out clarification to a short lived college educating publish. almost immediately after, he's ordered to a prison-like correctional monastery deep within the Sonora desolate tract of Arizona. Murphy understands that he has been a religious priest and is questioned and indignant that he has been thrown in with the derelicts of the Catholic clergy. on the monastery, he unearths that he has been forged one of the pedophiles, alcoholics, embezzlers and different severe offenders who the church hierarchy is pressuring to surrender or be defrocked. confident that God wishes him to proceed his ministry, he escapes. Murphy is now a fugitive, pursued by means of priests from the monastery who're little greater than thugs with others to "do no matter what it takes" to prevent him and go back him to the monastery, or maybe kill him, if useful. Why, Steve Murphy asks himself, is his church doing this to him?

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With a delicate gesture, Steve signaled to a deacon status close by within the sanctuary to take the ciborium and proceed giving out the Holy Eucharist. He, the priest, hovered close by, fingers folded in prayer, forcing a mild smile, and attempting to glance as calm and typical as attainable. seeing that he had frequently performed this ahead of as a supportive gesture to a deacon, not one of the congregation proposal it strange. Steve then drifted slowly to the altar the place he looked to be busying himself with wiping his chalice and tidying up the altar because the Mass might draw to an in depth. rarely a person spotted while the priest celebrating the Mass slipped into the vestry. It used to be numerous mins after the communion prior to any of the parishioners, heads bowed, deep in prayer after receiving the physique of Christ, discovered he had long past. Even then, it was once effortless to think that he could have been known as away to are likely to somebody demise or had long past domestic no longer feeling good. a number of suggestion he had regarded super light throughout the communion a part of the provider. They famous that his brow used to be rainy with perspiration. The deacon concluded the Mass, telling the trustworthy: “The Lord be with you. move in Peace. ” correct after leaving the altar, Steve stripped off his vestments within the vestry, placed his chalice in its case, and rushed open air to his automobile. He took off, heading north on direction 153 towards Pine River Pond. in the course of the rear view reflect, he may perhaps see brothers Michael and John in what used to be most likely a apartment motor vehicle in sizzling pursuit. The gloves have been off now. They have been after him in wide sunlight. As he drove in the direction of his condominium at the pond, he notion he may possibly name the police on his cellular phone, yet determined opposed to it—who might think that Catholic priests have been attempting to kidnap or homicide a Catholic priest? Steve quite roared up 153, skidding on many of the turns and bouncing over the railroad tracks. He without warning grew to become left on the row of mailboxes coated up at the major street for the citizens of Pine River Pond. He swerved down the winding unmarried lane street that ended in the pond. It used to be simply fortunate that nobody used to be coming within the wrong way. bushes flew by means of on each side. He had miles to move. searching through the rear view replicate, he may well see the clergymen have been nonetheless at the back of even though they'd misplaced floor. that they had been sidetracked a couple of times at the winding unmarked street then needed to again up. Pulling the auto into the driveway to his residence, Steve jumped out and began operating to the seashore, his black chalice case less than his arm. As he ran, he nearly pulled up brief asking himself why the panic? Why am I making an attempt so challenging to elude priests I had already overwhelmed that evening on the monastery? He speedy recalled even if, that on the monastery he had stuck them without notice at nighttime. This time he knew it'd be diversified. The clergymen will be taking no percentages. It used to be foolhardy to imagine they wouldn’t be outfitted with guns like blackjacks or brass knuckles. And after the incident at the pond the evening prior to, he knew they might cease at not anything to trap him, beat him to a pulp, and if it desirable them, even kill him.

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