Wednesday, 26 March 2008


The British newspaper the Telegraph recently carried a report about the Vatican allegedly pressuring the Italian publisher of an exciting novel which will be published locally in May. Imprimatur is set in Rome in 1683 during the Battle of Vienna, and during their research the authors apparently found evidence that Pope Innocent XI had funded the Protestant hero William III (William of Orange). You can read the Telegraph article here. We expect stock of Imprimatur in early May. Dave

1 comment:

Unknown said...

If this matter of Pope Innocent XI funding William of Orange is true, and it may be premature to accept that point, why all the controversy and criticism regarding this outstanding pontiff? King James II of England was an inept monarch who was imprudently forcing Catholicism on his Protestant nation with no chance of success while being closely allied to Louis XIV of France, whose selfish and egocentric policies were a genuine threat to the stability of Europe. This French King even secretly backed the Ottoman Turks at Vienna in 1683. Innocent XI did not betray the Church's interests in England, but rather took visionary action that saved Europe from further struggle and bloodshed in the very complex world of Europe's 17th century complex political landscape. The change in monarchs gratefully was accomplished without the usual carnage known to history. This pope was beatified in 1956 and rightfully so, as he is regarded as the greatest pontiff of his century who saved Western Civilization from the Turkish onslaught in Vienna and conducted all of his pontificate with courage, grace, and intelligence. Byron Hoover