Merciful and humble? Far from it!
The Dictator Pope:
Explosive New Book takes Inside Look at Francis
An explosive new book concerning the person of Jorge Mario Bergoglio has appeared in English: The Dictator Pope, which promises “[t]he inside story of the most tyrannical and unprincipled papacy of modern times.”
The official book description summarizes the contents thus:
Jorge Bergoglio was elected Pope in 2013 as a liberal and a reformer. In fact, he had long been known in his native Argentina as a manipulative politician and a skilful self-presenter. Behind the mask of a genial man of the people, Pope Francis has consolidated his position as a dictator who rules by fear and has allied himself with the most corrupt elements in the Vatican to prevent and reverse the reforms that were expected of him.
The book’s author is the pseudonymous Marcantonio Colonna. Although his identity is not known, the author says of himself that he is…
…a graduate of Oxford University and has extensive experience of historical and other research. He has been living in Rome since the beginning of Pope Francis’s pontificate, and his book is the fruit of close contacts with many of those working in the Vatican, including the leading Cardinals and other figures mentioned in the narrative.
The following is the table of contents (some excerpts further below):
1. The St Gallen Mafia
2. The Cardinal from Argentina
3. Reform? What Reform?
4. Beating a New (Crooked) Path
5. Mercy! Mercy!
6. Kremlin Santa Marta
The book had been published in Italian in November under the title Il Papa Dittatore, and on Dec. 4 the English translation was released. At this time, it is available only in electronic Kindle format from Amazon. You can get it here:
The Dictator Pope
by Marcantonio Colonna
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Please note: You do not need to have a Kindle device to be able to read this book. If you do not have a Kindle, you can either read it online in your web browser at Amazon, or you can download the free Amazon Kindle reading software to your computer, tablet, or smartphone (Mac version download / PC version download).
At only 141 pages, The Dictator Pope is a fairly fast read. To whet your appetite for more, we are reproducing here the book’s brief Introduction:
If you speak to the Catholics of Buenos Aires, they will tell you of the miraculous change that has taken over Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Their dour, unsmiling archbishop was turned overnight into the smiling, jolly Pope Francis, the idol of the people with whom he so fully identifies. If you speak to anyone working in the Vatican, they will tell you about the miracle in reverse. When the publicity cameras are off him, Pope Francis turns into a different figure: arrogant, dismissive of people, prodigal of bad language and notorious for furious outbursts of temper which are known to everyone from the cardinals to the chauffeurs.
As Pope Francis said himself on the evening of his election, the cardinals in the Conclave of March 2013 seemed to have decided to go “to the ends of the Earth” to choose their Pope, but the realisation is now dawning that they had not troubled to check their merchandise. At first, he seemed a breath of fresh air, his rejections of convention being the signs of a man who was going to bring bold, radical reform into the Church. In the fifth year of his pontificate it is becoming increasingly clear that the reform is not being delivered. Instead, what we have is a revolution in personal style, but a revolution which is not a happy one for what Catholics consider the most sacred office on Earth. Conservative Catholics are worried at the changes in moral teaching that Francis seems to be introducing, while liberals are dissatisfied because those changes are vaguely expressed and do not go far enough. Over and above such fears, however, are faults that ought to move all Catholics concerned for the integrity of the Church and the papal office. After nearly five years of his pontificate, Francis is showing that he is not the democratic, liberal ruler that the cardinals thought they were electing in 2103, but a papal tyrant the like of whom has not been seen for many centuries. Shocking as the accusation may be, it is backed up by incontrovertible evidence. This book traces the failed reforms which have falsified the hopes that were placed in Francis, and describes in detail the reign of fear in the Vatican which the Pope from Argentina has introduced.
(Marcantonio Colonna, The Dictator Pope [Kindle ed.], loc. 22-38.)
One of the most important parts of the book is that which concerns the explosive “Kolvenbach Report” on Jorge Bergoglio. Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach was the Superior General of the Jesuits from 1983 to 2008, thus also Bergoglio’s superior during that time. In 1991, he compiled a dossier on Bergoglio, hoping to dissuade “Cardinal” Antonio Quarracino, then the “Archbishop” of Buenos Aires, from requesting that “Pope” John Paul II appoint him bishop — obviously to no avail. Although the Kolvenbach Report mysteriously disappeared from the Jesuit archives in Rome after Bergoglio’s election as “Pope Francis” in 2013, Colonna’s work has been able to glean some of its contents:
Since Father Bergoglio, as a Jesuit, would need a dispensation to be appointed [bishop], it was necessary to obtain a report from his order, for which Cardinal Quarracino applied in 1991. It was provided by the Jesuit General, and it represents the most damning character study of Jorge Bergoglio composed by anyone before his election as Pope. The text of the report has never been made public, but the following account is given by a priest who had access to it before it disappeared from the Jesuit archive: Father Kolvenbach accused Bergoglio of a series of defects, ranging from habitual use of vulgar language to deviousness, disobedience concealed under a mask of humility, and lack of psychological balance; with a view to his suitability as a future bishop, the report pointed out that he had been a divisive figure as Provincial of his own order. It is not surprising that, on being elected Pope, Francis made efforts to get his hands on the existing copies of the document, and the original filed in the official Jesuit archives in Rome has disappeared. As regards the fairness of the report, we ought to allow for the hostility of the Jesuits who were in control in Argentina at the time, but in reality Bergoglio had been exaggerating this so as to pose as a martyr to Cardinal Quarracino (the phenomenon that Father Kolvenbach may have had in mind when he referred to disobedience under a mask of humility). When due allowance is made, the Kolvenbach Report can hardly be read as the depiction of a model religious by his superior.
(Colonna, The Dictator Pope, loc. 450-460.)
Hopefully someone can get his hands on a copy of that Kolvenbach Report before long! There is a reason why Bergoglio ordered it removed, after all.
Lastly, a word ought to be said about the meaning behind the pseudonym chosen by the author: Marcantonio Colonna. Vaticanist Giuseppe Nardi gives some interesting background, of which the following is an abridged version:
This is a name that makes one sit up and take notice. In Rome it is familiar to all. It is worth taking a look at the history books to understand the meaning of this name.
The Colonna family belongs to the ancient Roman aristocracy.
The pseudonym is reminiscent of Marcantonio II Colonna (1535-1584), a direct ancestor of the present prince….
It was as a military commander, however, that he made a name for himself. In 1571 Pope [St.] Pius V made him supreme commander of the papal army against the Turks. In the Naval Battle of Lepanto he fought side-by-side with the Habsburg Don Juan de Austria, with whom he defeated the Turkish fleet. Thus, just like his forefather Alberich I of Spoleto in the Battle of Garigliano, he was able to stop the Islamic foray into Europe.
It is this hero of Lepanto and subsequent admiral of the famous Spanish Armada who speaks in this book now presented. The actual author is thought to be found in the English-speaking world.
(Giuseppe Nardi, “Papst und Diktator”, Katholisches, Nov. 30, 2017; our translation.)
In the current climate of near-schism, The Dictator Pope will surely add a few gallons of fuel to the fire.
Check your microwave. That next bag of popcorn should be ready.