A Canticle for Leibowitz Summary and Analysis: Part 1 (Fiat Homo), Chapters 10-11

Walter M. Miller Jr.

Summary and Analysis: Part 1 (Fiat Homo), Chapters 10-11

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Pope Leo Pappas XXI: the Pope of the Catholic Church, who resides in New Rome

Summary
Francis departs on his trip to New Rome and, in the second month of his journey by donkey, encounters a robber on a forested mountain far from civilization. The readers learn here that the Valley of the Misborn lies a few miles to the west and is made up of “sports,” who are genetic monstrosities. The Church decided that these sports were, despite their deformities, human beings who possessed immortal souls, and this judgment caused some to call the sports the “Pope’s nephews” or the “Pope’s children.” The robber comes from this valley, and his two children trail along behind...

(The entire section is 766 words.)