An encyclopaedic reference work outlining a thousand years of catholic taste reveals a huge amount of data about Catholicism and it's aesthetic choices. Pope Boniface the thirteenth, for example, banned the use of cloves in apple strudel, while successive Archbishops of Westminster coincidentally "all liked the same kind of thing".
John F Kennedy hated boomerangs, and Anne Widecombe, on her conversion to Rome confessed a sudden and all consuming desire for whelks. Gerry Adams favoured the Lee Enfield rifle's 'look and feel' over the more powerful Kalashnikov. Graham Greene loved flannelette. Julio Iglesias had a thing about Quality Street.
Leonie Smith, the author of One Thousand Years of Catholic Taste said it was hard to draw single conclusions, despite the breadth of her survey. "Footballing legend Pele was a Sooty fan," she said at the launch of her book. "Make of that what you will."