Fess up Pete, you are the author, aren't you?
I am not now, nor have I ever been.
Wait, I forgot to raise my right hand.
But anyhow, my reason for starting this thread ... well, partly it was for comic relief* ... but there was also a point: I find that a lot of people on this forum have a certain perception of ecumenism. "Pierced by a Sword" describes a playing-out of that "ecumenism".
* I like to imagine John Paul II (who was the pope at the time) reading that book and saying "That's it. I should call up Eastern leaders and ask for advice, and send letter, notes, and gifts. Then we'll all be united in no time. Why didn't I ever think of that?"