Roman “How to survive Francis without saying he isn’t the Pope” Gathering…

Conservative Church Crisis Conference in Rome issues Lackluster Declaration

Saturday, April 7, 2018, saw yet another high-profile “Catholic” conference in Rome. It was, in essence, a crisis self-help conference by various conservative Novus Ordo personalities who are wondering what they can or should do in the current situation without having to deny that Francis is a true Pope. Similar events had taken place before, such as the conference in Rome on Christian marriage sponsored by the Lepanto Foundation in Dec. 2016.

Officially, the conference had the intriguing and yet smooth-sounding title, “Catholic Church, where are you going?” The line-up of speakers included some of the usual suspects as well as a few lesser-known names: “Cardinals” Walter Brandmuller and Raymond Burke of Dubia fame; the ubiquitous Kazakh auxiliary Athanasius Schneider; the atheist philosopher, politician, and Francis critic Marcello Pera; the canonist Valerio Gigliotti; and the bioethicist Renzo Puccetti.

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Manipulator extraordinaire?

Omar Bello: Francis Plays Both Sides

In 2013, Argentinian philosopher Omar Bello (1964-2015) published an explosive book about Jorge Bergoglio, who at the time had just been elected “Pope” Francis. Entitled El Verdadero Francisco (“The Real Francis”), the book claims to present unknown facts about what kind of person the former “Archbishop” of Buenos Aires really is. The book’s subtitle reads in English: “The private life, psychology, secrets, and doubts of the Argentinian Pope. By the philosopher who knows him best.” What makes the work more interesting still is the fact that its author was a friend, not an enemy, of Francis.

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