I wonder (if? that?) this writer stayed Catholic, because I have the odd feeling that, as little of this book I've gotten through so far, some of the events already described are taken from examples extant in his day. (Tch, they're not far removed from modern examples, come to that.) Odd feeling confirmed. My mistake - that's not snark, he's pissed.
Ooh, it takes that long to learn Barnum? How's it feel to work for a calculator that's learning to take the job it took all of three years to study for?