First Father Brown, G.K. Chesterton's answer to Sherlock Holmes. The serene wisdom of Father Brown and the haunted shadow of the whisky priest both belong to a world infinitely distant from the shabby stories of abuse that have inflicted such harm on the Catholic Church and, to a lesser degree, caused immense pain and consternation in our own community. [...]their lives are lived in the full awareness that God's demands on us are absolute and non-negotiable. Where it is not, religious functionaries are exposed to the same temptations that plague other modern men and women. [...]because their profession sets them apart from the rest of society, they may imagine compensating for disappointment and futility, bitterly, almost vengefully, by relying on an aptitude for power and domination over others, or by overvaluing such gifts in colleagues.