. Roughly the same period also saw the
escalation of the IrishCatholicChurch abuse scandal, 5 precipitating a pastoral letter of apology from Pope Benedict XVI in
March 2010. Had Colegate been writing a decade later like Horowitz, she might have been less
inclined to choose a clergyman for her novel’s protagonist, who not only discovers the
abuse but is killed while helping to save some of the violated slum children from a fire set
by the perpetrator. The clergyman’s self-sacrifice would have smacked of apologia.