I read Robert Hugh Benson's Lord of the World a few months ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I saw a lot of predictions that seemed, although (even benson admits) maybe exaggerated, well aligned with modern social progressions.
if you haven't read it here are some summaries:
So although I'm recommending the book, some issues popped up to me while I read it and these are my questions:
1) capital punishment for adultery in the Catholic controlled city... why? This doesn't seem to fit with church social teaching, maybe I'm wrong. (yes i know not all capital punishment is frowned on)
2)Why would the Catholic country be filthy - maybe i was misinterpreting Benson's meaning...but isn't cleanliness next to godliness
3)Why is no focus made on conversion and healing for those outside the church. It felt like a total rejection of outsiders by the higherups of the noncatholics outside. (see #2 - why would ppl be attracted to a church which seems to be living in filth when they could keep things clean - maybe, again, I'm misinterpreting)
4)finally, why the rotation cycle for living in the church state/why are catholics who try to remain close frowned upon