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Forget the “Da Vinci Code”: this is the book that tells the bombshell truth about the Catholic Church

We have a new book in our shop that is a real firecracker – Double Cross: the Code of the Catholic Church by David Ranan. If the Vatican was afraid of the effects of the Da Vinci Code on its corrupt empire, wait until it sees this! Dr David Ranan is a political scientist whose main area of interest is the study of power structures. His academic objectivity adds even more weight to this jaw-dropping exposé of the Vatican’s age-old web of deceit, corruption and murder.

During the Second World War, in an anti-Catholic diatribe, writer and historian H.G. Wells posed the question: “Why do we not bomb Rome?” Wells could not accept that Italy’s capital should be spared only because of the pope and the Catholic Church, a church which had always been a political force as much as a religion.

In an across-the-board analysis of its history, dogma and present-day strategies, David Ranan reflects on whether there is a systemic fault in the blueprint of the Catholic Church. Ranan shows how some of the Church’s teachings and policies actually kill people; he explains where, how and why.

Ranan’s insightful analysis explains why the modern Church has such difficulty reversing its teachings on such fundamental questions as birth control, abortion, the Jews, and other shibboleths. He explains why the Church even today has failed to give anything more than a half-hearted ‘apology’ for Galileo’s trial and why it has for so long covered up sexual abuse by its priests.

Unlike ‘faithful’ insiders, who seek to promote reform from within, Ranan stands outside the structure and embrace of the Church, lending his analysis a rare degree of objectivity and making his conclusions as compelling as they are startling (and including 44 pages of references to back up everything he says). Four hundred and twenty-six dynamite pages of truth-telling that will have Josef Ratzinger squirming on his golden throne.

This really is a book not to miss. £15.99 plus £1 p&p. Order it securely from our on-line shop www.secularism.org.uk or by post from NSS, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL.

And because we know you’ll be gripped by Double Cross: the Code of the Catholic Church and be unable to leave it alone until you’ve finished it, you’ll be in need of suitable refreshment to see you through (it’s a big book). A nice steaming mug of tea or coffee should do the trick, and we have the perfect containers for the purpose. They are our splendid mugs, with suitably riotous/thought-provoking slogans and adornments and indispensable for the drinking of beverages by any serious secularist. And because of their semi-unique nature, they are remarkably priced to suit all pockets or purses.

We are not suggesting that you actually NEED one (or more) of our mugs, we are telling you that you do. Let’s face it, the quality of all our lives would be improved by possession of one of our inspirational drinks containers. So, while you’re purchasing your copy of Double Cross: the Code of the Catholic Church, why not add in a few mugs to the basket? You won’t regret it! Indeed, when you are in possession of the said receptacles, you’ll wonder why you left it so long.
(16 March 2007)


Published Fri, 16 Mar 2007