The Bishop's Curse, by Raff Ellis, is a riveting historical novel based on the true story of a long-ago church scandal in the small village of Carthage, New York. The struggle resulted from a disagreement the Irish immigrant parishioners of St. James Church had with their doctrinaire bishop and his mercenary priest. Newfound American ideals of independence collided violently with the Church's Old World values causing threats of "calamities" to come and the loss of the dissidents' immortal souls. The Bishop's Curse takes hold of the lives of the characters as they experience premature death, censure, natural disasters and financial ruin.
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