COWMAKER’S SEED is the planned sequel to COWMAKER’S EVE
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The Real [History - Science - Theology - Cultural] Kernel of the Fiction
Cardinal Juan Jesús Posadas Ocampo, a prominent leader of the Mexican Catholic Church, was known for hearing the confessions of several drug traffickers, an action he justified as “a matter of conscience.” As an agent of the church, he believed it was his responsibility to work with all believers, including criminals, to help them live a better life. On 24 May 1993, Posadas Ocampo, along with six other people, was assassinated in the parking lot of Guadalajara International Airport. He was inside his car and received 14 gunshots. Juan Francisco Murillo Díaz “El Güero Jaibo” and Édgar Nicolás Villegas “El Negro”, members of the Tijuana Cartel, were identified as the masterminds of the homicide. — News Reports compil.
[When asked why they accept donations from drug cartel leaders] some Mexican priests argue, “Hey, the guy who owns the factory, he’s a bastard, but we take his money, so why not the drug money?” — Deibel, Council on Hemispheric Affairs
From the pulpit, on September 15, 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla announced his intention to strike for independence and exhorted the people of Dolores, Mexico to join him. Most did: Hidalgo had an army of some 600 men within minutes. Hidalgo marched the growing army through the towns of San Miguel and Celaya, where the angry rabble killed all Spaniards they could find and looted their homes. Along the way, they adopted the Virgin of Guadalupe as their symbol. On September 28, they reached the mining city of Guanajuato, where the Spaniards and royalist forced had barricaded themselves inside the public granary, the rebel horde, which by then numbered some 30,000, overran the fortifications and slaughtered the 500 Spaniards inside. — Biography of Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla
Premise: A Catholic Cardinal is assassinated by an unknown assailant speaking Farsi while hearing the confessions of wealthy Mexican business men and politicos. A connection between a Near Eastern terrorist cell and a Mexican drug cartel comes to light. The motive for the crime eludes investigators.
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Letter sent by Father Sydney Stiche to Pope Sebastian, re the assassination of Cardinal McIlhenny in Mexico.
You must recall, Sebbie, the dossier I sent regarding Cardinal McIlhenny. He was appointed by your predecessor because he had a unique position as the bridge between powerful leaders in Mexico and the Catholic Church in North America. He was one of those hard-nosed Irishman, raised in the Rio Grande Valley, who had endeared himself to the neo-Chicano movement, a class struggle for empowerment by immigrant peoples often used as pawns by business entrepreneurs and politicos wielding wealth and power along the Texas-Mexico border. As yet, news of the Cardinal’s brutal assassination by cartel elements last month has not reached Fr. Jackson in the North, and rumors of McIlhenny’s involvement in questionable dealings with politicos and the criminal elements are to date unsubstantiated. His remains that have been recovered have been interred with great ceremony in Brownsville, Texas.
Account of the assassination of Cardinal Lucius McIlhenny, Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
The Cardinal walks unattended across the International Bridge connecting Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico on his way to hear the confessions of “Los Empresarios,” a network of businessmen who run the economy in the northern state of Tamaulipas. The Cardinal follows the prescribed drill. He hires a green and yellow cab at the stand on Calle Primera for the short four block ride to a walled compound on Calle Lilias, submits to examination by the driver who holds an electronic surveillance device and waits for the question, “¿Quién es el Padre?” The Cardinal answers with a response not in Spanish, but in Latin: “Fere ilbenter homines id quod volunt credunt.” (Men readily believe what they wish.)
Upon arriving at the gate of the compound, the driver exits the cab and the Cardinal waits for an attendant to arrive. After a two or three minute wait an attendant arrives, opens the door of the cab and leads the Cardinal into the palatial reception hall of the three story mansion designed by a famed Catalonian architect who modeled it after The Güell Palace in Barcelona. The Senora Margarita Coronela de la Luz greets the Cardinal. She is the third wife of Dom Gregorio, known to his friends and business associated as, El Filósofo. The señora leads the Cardinal into a small chapel and seats him in a leather club chair near an opaque screen.
– We must apologize, Your Eminence, for the cheap plastic covers on the cushions of the chair but we are waiting for the painters this afternoon.
– No lo hace, Senora. Es muy comodo.
The Cardinal activates the recording device in his Pectoral Cross and waits for the first confession.
There is the sound of rustling behind the screen and the Cardinal says the words of greeting that were used during the Sacrament of Penance in Colonial Mexico:
– Ave María Purísima.
– Sin pecado concebida, responds the voice on the other side of the screen.
– ¿Cuánto tiempo ha pasado desde su última confesión? There is a pause. Then the words come from the disembodied voice from the other side spoken in perfect Farsi: Lugha wāhidah lā takfī. Dahaneto vaa kon! Kiram tu mazhabet! [One tongue is not enough. Open your mouth! (Expletive) your religion]
Darkness enters the Cardinal’s head. His lifeblood coats the plastic covers. The painters arrive.