A great number of them were adventurers of all sorts who left behind them in Europe even the semblance of outward morality [and] who had become utterly corrupted by temptations [and] vices. [They] made no pretense of desisting from their most abominable practices [and] led the most licentious lives.
—Henry James Coleridge,
The Life and Letters of St. Francis Xavier
This description is of Goa on May 6, 1542, the day the missionary St. Francis Xavier first set foot on the Indian subcontinent. Four hundred and sixty-two years later, you can still find some in the...
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