Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 60

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 60

…the Pope was not going to be upstaged by a charismatic preacher from the Bible belt of the United States…

Pope Pius the Twelve has willfully isolated himself in the bowels of Vatican City, Rome, Italy. The inherent claim of having a direct ongoing conversation (pipeline to) with God has lead him to believe that he is in danger of being overtaken by the Devil, he has that clear and present sense that his office, as well as the Church he leads, is under attack. The suspicious death of Ernesto Pacelli, his one and only blood brother, has added unwanted fuel to the spiritual fire. His trust in God is strong, but keeping a wary eye out is prudent, just in case.

Born Eugenio Pacelli (Pope’s brother), the Pope has taken a hands-on approach to leading the Church. Societies around the globe are suffering from religious malaise, an apathetic position kinbrought on by peace and prosperity. Even among his normal blindly obedient flock there has been a slow bleed, not a sufficient amount to cause the body (of Christ) to fail, but enough to weaken the spirit (Holy).

He had sent his own kin over to the Tolentine Summit to be his advocate in matters concerning the assault on creation and God’s role in it. It isn’t often that religion gets a seat at the scientific table and he was not going to be upstaged by a charismatic preacher from the Bible belt of the United States (Billy Graham). Within those borders resides the most prosperous Roman Catholic population, by country, in the world.

Ernesto reported back that the Holy Father’s opinion on both the cumulative age of the planet and its relation to Creation was heard loud and clear. All the saints and martyrs, who died for the cause of Jesus Christ, were honored by that official stance, backed by the prayers and beliefs of a billion souls across the globe.

Like a politician building a strong coalition, Willard Libby came to Tolentine to fully understand how the theories he is prepared to take to the world stage, mesh with religious leaders; that growingly unpopular philosophy of intelligent design (creation vs evolution). He came away with proper perception and newfound clarity which jive with his newly postulated science.


Constance Caraway P.I.

Forever Mastadon


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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 27

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 27

…very famous – very nice gentlemen… and 3 others; spent two days, three nights in Holy seclusion…

.(Photo by Mark Gail/The Washington Post)

“That is I, Mary Joseph Franks, of the Holy Mothers of Augustinians… Willard Libby is my sister’s boy.”

“Knock me over with a feather.”

“I am the Director of Retreats.”

“Retreats? We were under the impression that your—nephew—came to Sunday mass prayer and fastinghere.”

“Oh no, we are not a functioning place of worship. People come here to fast and pray, get closer to Our Lord Jesus.” Mary Joseph is serious about the mission of this Augustinian Order.

“By the way, these are my colleagues, Miss Fanny and Mr. Martin Kamen of the University of Chicago.” They bow in turn. Sister Franks gives the ecumenical sign of peace. “What was Willard Libby doing here the week of December 3rd?”

The erstwhile nun is busy paging through a 24 inch square registration tablet.

“He was retreating with a Mr.(Enrico) Fermi and a Mr.(Billy) Graham, very famous – very nice gentlemen… and 3 others; spent two days, three nights in Holy seclusion.” She was guessing about that last conclusion.

“One other of them gave me the willies, Wolfgram, Vincent Wolfgram was his name. There was a coldness about him, flashed an official looking badge in my face, did not stay overnight and refused to sign the guestbook.” That she would not think well of every soul that passed through the doors of this sprawling estate is surprising.

“Oh my, how can I forget, my word… and they were joined by Cardinal Stritch, the Archbishop of Chicago, I have heard many wonderful things about him… and the fifth man was an emissary from The Vatican, yes, Ernesto Pacelli. We were so honored to have them here.”

“Did Willard tell you why they chose Tolentine to meet?”

“He did mention something about a message from the Holy Father. Can you imagine my nephew and Pope Pius?”

The CCPI band of investigators is taken to the south wing of Tolentine, where the men in question spent the majority of their time.

Trying to do her best not to raise suspicion, Constance appears to wander aimlessly through the halls, looking for tangible clues left behind by the men. She checks all the waste baskets she can find, not exactly an ordinary thing to do.


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Forever Matadon


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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 22

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 22

…“Where do we start Miss Caraway?…

Martin Kamen finds out that Willard was in regular communication with Vatican City, among others. What is the connection between the theory of evolution and radiocarbon dating? He chimes in with his nuggets:

  • Pope Pius XII wanted Willard to come out against the growing scientific leanings in favor of the theory of evolution.
  • Willard lives in Olympia Fields. Tolentine is a monastery of Friars on the edge of that sleepy Illinois village.
  • Billy Graham is an evangelist and crusader who has a degree in anthropology of all things.
  • McGraw-Hill is the unrivalled publisher of textbooks in the US and has a vested interest in all things taught.
  • The United Nations sent Willard a cable concerning some mystery group that had gotten their attention; must have been serious enough for them to exhibit care about an organization that has spread its wings around the globe.

“When this is all over and we have untangled this briar patch, well in this case ‘friar-patch’, you should come back to Florida with us. I like the way you think.” Constance picks up on the growing connection between those seemingly stray Libby contacts and Martin’s investigative talents. He would be a welcomed addition to CCI.

“Not only that, Libby had called the FBI before they called him! What would a scientist have to do with government types, especially the spy kind? He must have sensed trouble,” adds Fanny.

“It looks like the entire planet was taking notice of his work.” In most instances that is the point of scientific research. Martin’s sense of security is waning.

“And yet you are as clean as a whistle and without a scratch on that pretty-boy face.”

“… At least for now. And so is Sam Ruben, a vital colleague of hours, part of the precious few, so-to-speak. I spoke with him the day before last and he too is getting spooked.” He speaks of their carbon-collaborator from University of California-Berkeley.

“And we know that we’re not dealing with a jealous husband or wacko lady friend,” Fanny notes, removing the love triangle aspect from the fray. Human emotion is generally the spark that ignites the fuel for the private investigatory engine.

Where do we start Miss Caraway? There are a dozen angles to consider here.”


Constance Caraway P.I.

Forever Mastadon


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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 15

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 15

“Mastadon is misspelled,” Fanny seldom lets on that she is a great speller…

“We are looking for your friend and colleague who left the grounds undetected.”

“Not exactly true,” Kamen had to completely vet Constance and Fanny, before allowing them to view secret government material. “He had been using the IBM Supercomputer to research ancient animals, specifically from the Ice Age.”

“You mean like why men behave like Neanderthals.” Fanny rarely lets her science knowledge bleed into casual conversation.

“No, there was a picture of a Mastodon on his desk,” Martin hands them a lithograph with the handwritten word, all in lower case scribble: mastadon.

“Mastadon is misspelled,” Fanny seldom lets on that she is a great speller.

“You are correct Miss Fanny! Why didn’t I notice that?! It’s mastodon with an “o” not “a”.”

The power of observation, an acquired talent, is what makes Constance and Fanny perfect for the field they have chosen.

“Willard would not have made that mistake,” he contends.

“That’s a pretty weak clue, but any clue sure beats a handful of nothing.” Constance racks her brain for their next possible move.

“There is one more thing.” Martin Kamen fires up the small monitor in front of them, the view screen for the supercomputer which occupies a room the size of the Argonne cafeteria. “There are remnants of a de-crypted memorandum from the Pope:

 HUMANI GENERIS

(Concerning Some False Opinions Threatening to Undermine the Foundations of Catholic Doctrine)

Pope Pius XII

Encyclical Promulgated on 12 August 1950

 

  1. We must resist these fictitious tenets of evolution.

 

“Heady stuff, even for a scientist.”

“Is Mr. Libby a religious man?”

“Not that I know of, but then again religion and science make strange bedfellows.”

“… ‘fictitious tenets of evolution’, that implies that it fundamentally opposes the foundational dogma of Creationism.” Though not an outspoken proponent of all things religious, Constance Caraway has deep roots in the Baptist Church, her father having been an elder at the Tallahassee Baptist Temple; but don’t remind her of the night of her violin solo, at the 6P service on Resurrection Sunday in 1921.


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Forever Mastadon


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CONSTANCE CARAWAY P.I. ~ Episode 92

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Forever Mastadon ~ Episode 92

…The Nun and the Spy…

conspiracy

Tolentine

Tolentine Monastery

 

Willard Libby’s aunt is as gracious a human being as any out there, which means she will not turn away even the lowest of the low. Billed as Bernard Spencer, communications specialist for The Vatican, Spencer/Daniels/Cephus is welcomed into the monastery like the Prodigal Son. Sister Mary has a preloaded battery of questions for such a treasured papal insider, though she is troubled by the news of Ernesto Pacelli’s demise.

Spencer/Cephus/Daniels is most obliging in detailing life within the gates of Vatican City.

“Is the Holy Father as brilliant as his Humani Generis indicates? I recall how Mr. Pacelli so lovingly gave me a copy and how it applies so well to current world opinion.” She is more than serious. “The Church has been under attack in recent years, mostly from the outside-in. The reliance on science is a cancer to the Word.”

“And yet you welcomed two prominent scientists into the walls of Tolentine, both of whom were responsible for the A-bomb.”

“I must say that Mr. Fermi surprised me in a pleasant sort of way… and well my nephew is my nephew. He is a fundamentally good man and for such a cause as his, I could not refuse the summit. And that Billy Graham fellow, what a firecracker he is!”

 

Daniels is getting increasingly uncomfortable with the duopolistic nature of his visit, but he soldiers on to paint an accurate picture of his impression of Pope Pius the Twelve.  He enjoys his work under the greater Catholic Church umbrella, but that is tempered by his need to be a snitch for Forever Mastadon. That very guilt that haunts the everyday Catholic into obedience, hangs about his spirit like an anchor.

Off in the distance he can hear and feel a low rumbling, like a passing locomotive or ……….. thunder….. In winter; can it be?

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