After 15 years of enjoyable reading, Silva finally lost me with his loony leftist politics. So conservative Christians have been the greatest threat to Jews and the Catholic Church over the past century - only if you believe radical Islam, Hitler and Mussolini and their followers were conservative Christians, which is simply nuts. Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia go hand in hand? No sane person connects the two. Losing our left-wing Pope means we may not get another encyclical on climate change - thank goodness! Sadly, conservatives today have to hear this nonsense from the time they wake up until they go to bed if listening to or watching NPR, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, or even ESPN. Half way through this book I found myself beginning to pull for the "bad guys" so I just stopped reading. Silva is such a talented author. What a waste.