Researcher uncovers Vatican's bid to censure Graham Greene
The Vatican put pressure on the Catholic author Graham Greene to change one of his most successful novels, The Power and the Glory, according to letters published last week in the US.
The Holy Office wrote to the then Archbishop of Westminster to tell Greene - 14 years after publication of the novel - that they had passed an adverse verdict on the book, which featured a character referred to as the 'whisky priest'.
An American Jesuit researcher has discovered correspondence relating to attempts by the Vatican to muzzle Graham Greene in 1953.
Graham Greene, a convert to Catholicism, died in 1991.
During a private audience with Pope Paul VI many years later, the Pope told Graham Greene that some parts of his books would always offend some Catholics and he advised him to pay no attention to the condemnation by the Holy Office.