Although the trial took place in Aix-en-Provence, four hundred miles from Paris, all France followed the sensational case. Jesuit priests acted as royal confessors, spiritual directors, and educators, positions with privileged access to the king and to elite French families. Ultimately, this animosity rebounded on the Crown: Even as the Catholic Church vigorously supported free will, Jansenists as their detractors called them steadfastly believed in predestination, the notion that only God—not human choices or actions—determined salvation. No, not themselves, but — on Tuesday — energy policy and violence against women and girls. From the days when it was a shambolic ego-fest, the committee has raised its game. During the summer of , these claims hardly seemed exaggerated. This mutual antipathy only worsened with the arrival of Unigenitus, a document the Jansenists claimed that the Jesuits had orchestrated. But the story of Catherine the saint and Father Girard the saint-maker turned sour. The novel takes place in the sunset years of deposed Peruvian leader Alberto Fujimori's regime, though its concerns are quite contemporary, given the rising threat of fake news in today's post-truth climate. Wealthy engineer Enrique Cardenas finds himself blackmailed by sleazy tabloid editor Rolando Garro, who has got hold of photos of him at an orgy. The public disputes over Jansenism destabilized the sacred underpinnings of authority in early modern French society. If you like this, read: For some, their behavior was miraculous; for others, an embarrassment. But immediately after his death in , large numbers of clergy lodged official appeals against Unigenitus, supported by prestigious institutions such as the Sorbonne and the parlement of Paris. Clumsy official handling of the case aggravated the scandal.