When pulp fiction met pulpit fiction
Senator Ronan Mullen says the Irish public's understanding of the machinations of the Vatican is more profoundly influenced by the lurid hokum of The Da Vinci Code than verifiable reality.
It's a curiously patronising statement from a politician who claims to be interested in fair comment and the giving of credit where it's due. Critics of the Holy See are ill-informed fantasists, he seems to argue, while diehard apologists are alone in appreciating the genuine complexities.
In truth, most Irish citizens are only too wise to the posturing and manoeuvrings of the Vatican's Jesuitical agents.