In 1979, American Lawyer and author Walter Murphy's novel,
The Vicar of Christ became a best seller. It is the fictional story of an American lawyer and marine who wins the Congressional Medal of Honor in Korea, later becomes Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, loses his wife, joins a reliigious order, and is alter becomes pope, taking the name Francis I. As pope, he leads an ecumenical evangelical movement to renew the Church in the developing world and youth, embracing some progressive ideas and sells Vatican treasurers to finance the renewal all the while battling a scandal ridden inefficient Vatican bureaucracy hampered by conservative resistance to change inside the Vatican and South American capitals.
Sound a little bit familiar?