"Why me, Lord? Where have I gone wrong? I've always been nice to people! I don't drink or dance or swear! I've even kept kosher just to be on the safe side! I've done everything the Bible says; even the stuff that contradicts the other stuff! What more could I do?"
(The Simpsons, 'Hurricane Neddy', Season 8 Episode 8, Aired December 29, 1996)
Look at the following picture by great cartoonist Jean-Jacques Sempé.
Artist: Jean-Jacques Sempé (August 17 1932 - )
courtesy: Madhukar Dharmapurikar (मधुकर धर्मापुरीकर)
In a church, an old lady is stunned to find a mouse, with a halo around its head, is being chased by a ferocious looking cat. The outcome looks almost certain.
Unfortunately, all the details in the picture are not very clear. For instance, there are a couple of paintings on the wall of the church. And if you look closely, you will notice they depict some kind of violence.
Andrew Graham-Dixon writes in "Caravaggio A Life Sacred and Profane", 2012:
Location St. John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta
Edward Mendelson has said:
"Great institutions thrive on internal contradictions and irresolvable divisions. This has always been the case with governments and universities, and especially with religions..."
A church mouse that has earned its halo, no less, finds no mercy as it is about to breathe its last.
While reviewing 'Hunting Evil/ The Nazi War Criminals Who Escaped and the Quest to Bring Them to Justice' by Guy Walters, Deborah E.Lipstadt says:
"...The Vatican also went out of its way to protect criminals. It provided passports, refuge and other means of support for them. While the church's record during the war may be open to some debate, its record in helping the murderers escape responsibility afterward is clear, as has been documented by both Michael Phayer in "The Catholic Church and the Holocaust, 1930-1965" and Gerald Steinacher in "Nazis auf der Flucht..."
Is Sempe's church protecting the killer cat?
Mr. Graham-Dixon says in the book quoted above: