NYU Black Renaissance Noire NYU Black Renaissance Noire Vol 17.2: Fall 2017 - Page 60

excerpt Chapter Two From The Terrible Fours, Book 3 of the Apocalyptic Books By Ishmael Reed In Europe and the United States, people were leaving the Catholic Church by the thousands, but church attendance was soaring in Africa and South America. These examples weren’t lost on some of the more enlightened Cardinals of the Catholic Church. Now, the College of Cardinals, those left after the arrests, had selected a Black Cardinal from New York to ascend to the papacy. He was opposed by the Cardinals from the Right, but given the state of the Catholic Church and the decline of the Church in Europe and the United States, the rise of worshippers in Africa and South America wasn’t lost on the Cardinals. They decided to recognize these new worshippers by electing one of their own. He owned two miracles. When visiting a Catholic hospital in New York, he was taken on a tour of the morgue. As he passed a corpse lying on a table, the corpse rose and kissed his hand. The man who had been declared dead got dressed and went home. The only problem was that the man who had been revived began to stalk the Cardinal. Not exactly stalked, but showed up wherever the Cardinal appeared. Rushing toward him to kiss his hand. The Cardinal had to get a restraining order. Next, he walked into the midst of gunfire between two rival gangs. Bullets were flying at him from all directions, but none struck him. So impressed were they with his example, the gang members dropped their weapons and joined the Catholic Church. He’d taken over from a Cardinal who had been demoted to Bishop for his attraction to extravagant living. An eight-bedroom, 10,000 square-foot manor house on seven lakefront acres with a private tennis court, outdoor pool, and 70-foot indoor lap pool that resembled a Venetian canal. Miltiades II’s predecessor had taken ill and died. 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