I am grumpy right now. I just finished Jodi Picoult’s book “Change of Heart”. The book had me in its grip from page one and things were just skimming along until I came to a screeching halt on this line (page 375):
- The governor’s face paled. “I thought priests couldn’t reveal confessions.”*
- “We’re obligated to, if there’s a law about to be broken, or if a life is in danger. This qualifies on both counts.”*
Since one of the main characters is a Catholic priest (the one who made the second comment above), you’d think the author would have done enough research to know that the seal of the confessional is completely INVIOLABLE and cannot be broken under ANY circumstances. Now granted, in the story, the priest didn’t actually hear the other character’s confession (it was a conversation in which a secret was revealed, but it wasn’t a sacramental confession), but that isn’t made clear. To the average reader, it sounds like there are instances in which the seal of the confessional can be broken.
I have enjoyed most of Jodi Picoult’s books (she’s written 19) and it just bugs me that an author of her stature would make such a blatant error.
Has anyone else found such obvious bloopers in other books? I mean, it’s one thing for a character to comment on whether they believe something is right or not, but to pass off something that is completely false as the truth just floors me.
Of course, Dan Brown made a fortune off of that, but…:shrug: