Church is original master of dark arts
James Joyce's astute observation contained in the line, "Ireland, my first and only love where Christ and Caesar are hand in glove", is as true now as it ever was.
Joyce felt forced into exile by the oppressive nature of the conspiracy of cant that dominated Irish society in his time.
How much has really changed? Pope Benedict has demonstrated that the Catholic Church -- arch practitioners of the oldest profession on earth, the manipulation of the gullible -- is still very much in business.