I recently read The Dictator Pope – the anonymously penned blockbuster profiling the modus operandi of Jorge Bergoglio both before and after he burst onto the world stage as Francis on 13 March 2013.
According to the book’s description on Amazon (available only in Kindle format):
“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.”
In support of its premise, as other reviewers have pointed out, the book doesn’t actually provide anything new; rather, it simply paints a portrait using previously published reports, and effectively so, in my opinion.
In the opinion of others, however, not so much…
In a recent podcast interview with Damian Thompson, for example, canon lawyer and writer Ed Condon described the book as “uncharitable” and “motivated very clearly by an intense dislike” for Francis, who in his view is really just a victim of his own naiveté.
In an article for Catholic Herald published today, Condon insisted the real problem is that “Francis’ inner circle is abusing their power.”
According to him:
…his handlers have eliminated the ordinary mechanisms by which a pope is kept up to date on how the Church is actually being run – the regular udienza di tabella has been swept off the papal schedule, for example, and those out of favour with the Pope’s gatekeepers can find that he doesn’t have a minute to spare for months at a time.
The Dictator Pope mentions this as well, but without making the absurd suggestion that poor Francis had no say in the matter:
In the past there was a system which provided for each head of a Vatican body to see the Pope regularly, usually twice a month; it was called the udienza di tabella. This has now been abolished; officials have to make special appointments, and they are often told that the Pope is too busy.
After sharing with readers a few stories about how “inner circle” types have unduly leveraged their influence, Condon concludes:
The implication is clear, access to the Pope is a serious commodity in Rome, and those few who have it are able and willing to take advantage of it.
One could be forgiven for assuming this was evidence of an over-involved Pope reaching down into specific cases, but, in fact, it seems the Holy Father is, at least at times, unaware of how his power is being abused.
Little surprises me these days, but I find it truly amazing the extent to which this man (and perhaps others) are willing to go to defend Francis.
Those few with daily access to the Pope are able to get his signature on a range of measures which go directly against his stated aims.
Two years ago, I wrote here that I feared Pope Francis was becoming a prisoner of his handlers, and this fear seems to have come to pass.
Perhaps there is room for a certain amount of speculation when it comes to the degree to which manipulative underlings may be hamstringing the process of reforming the Curia.
Where there is no room for speculation, however, is the degree to which Francis is less-than-forthright when it comes to stating his aims, to say nothing of his manner of achieving them.
In the body of his Love Letter to Lucifer (aka Amoris Laetitia) Francis stated that his aim was simply to provide the Church with “an aid to reflection, dialogue and pastoral practice.”
When asked about the infamous footnote 351 just days after the Exhortation was published, Francis claimed, “I don’t remember the footnote.”
As Ed Condon pointed out on his blog shortly thereafter, Francis “has said publicly that he is ‘annoyed’ at the way people insist on trying to focus attention on Communion for the divorced and remarried” in regard to Amoris Laetitia.
Fast forward to today:
We now know beyond any shadow of any doubt whatsoever that Francis is someone who, to be as charitable as possible, cannot be trusted to tell the truth.
Amoris Laetitia was never meant as mere material for “reflection.” Its primary purpose is precisely about Communion for the divorced and “remarried;” just as the footnote that Francis claimed not to remember makes plain.
In fact, according to Francis himself, “there are no other interpretations” of that dreadful document, and what’s more, he doesn’t just want people “reflecting and dialoguing” about it; rather, he wants it to be considered “authentic magisterium.”
The author of The Dictator Pope, in my view, succeeded in defending his thesis; namely, that Francis is a “dictator who rules by fear.”
The point that he misses, however, is that Francis is far more dangerous than this.
Pure dictators are not simply feared by their underlings; they are despised by the overwhelming majority of their subjects.
In the case of Francis, things are very different.
While dictators often employ propaganda to appear as something other than what they are, no one buys it; most especially outsiders.
Francis, by contrast, has somehow managed to fool a great number of Catholics and non-Catholics alike into believing that he really is God’s “humble” gift to the Church.
An even greater feat (and danger), in my opinion, is that he has also managed to convince far more persons still – including no small number of self-identified “traditionalists” – that he’s actually Catholic!
Long story short, while The Dictator Pope is a decent enough read to recommend; it doesn’t address the actual problem.
Jorge Bergoglio isn’t so much a “Dictator Pope” who is failing to reform the Roman Curia; he is a heretic posing as a pope who is succeeding, humanly speaking, in destroying the Church, dragging countless souls to Hell in the process.
This is the Great Apostasy that Our Blessed Lady & other mystics of the CC predicted would commence at the top & work its way down. St. Francis of Assisi told his Order before he died that God would send us a Destroyer Pope. PF is that Destroyer Pope & his cabinet in the main are also Apostates who support the NWO Masonic/Marxist totalitarian godless society that we all fear. Those who tried to object were blocked from doing so & are now silent. Our Lady told us that the one who should speak would fall silent – perhaps a hint at the other half of the dual papacy who may, in fact, be the one who retains infallibility, hence PF’s non ability to speak ex cathedra. It is frightening to read of so many canon lawyers & theologians who are prepared to walk the walk & talk the talk instead of standing up for the Truth which Catholics have received directly from the First Apostles for nigh two thousand years. Satan has implanted such fear into their minds (loss of jobs, family commitments, insults from PF’s supporters etc.) that one is reminded of the eleven who abandoned Christ as He began His Passion & laid low until after His Resurrection from the dead. The times we are living through are the most heinously evil & yet we have people who should know better still spewing out excuse after excuse for the wilful wickedness being perpetrated by the Bishop of Rome on the entire CC & Christendom. Obviously they have no thought for the countless souls he & they are leading to eternal damnation if the direction they have taken is not halted immediately & this can only be achieved if all right-minded Catholics & Christians make their revulsion for the support being given by the Vatican & its Episcopates to the enemies of Christ who stand out like a sore thumb for all to see. This Apostasy must end & everyone has a role to play. Those who refuse will have a devastating judgement & their banal excuses will not hold.
Louie , I recall when Cardinal Gagnon said he was appointed to do a study by Pope John Paul Two of how many Curial members were Freemasons. He reported that his office was broken into but he had a copy of the report to give to the Pope anyway. He said he tried over and over but could not get into see the Pope after his office in the Vatican was robbed and vandalized.
Over the years I have read so many excuses given for Papal actions or in- action , that frankly the Papacy appears an absurdity.
For instance, excuses given for the Pope to have kissed the Koran, excuses given for the clerical pedophile coverups, excuses given for Communion in the hand or female altar servers. Or the best one……the alleged Third Secret having been a thing of the past because it was about the attempted assassination of Pope JP2.
What truly amazed me as medical professional was the continuing writings etc of Pope John Paul Two , who was alleged to be still cognizant and working hard decades after being diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease.
Most Catholics apparently believed all of this.
Condon is yet another pitiful CatholiCuck. Just pitiful. Now look this up on Urban Dictionary: CatholiCuck
Off topic for this post, but can someone help me out with the Church’s teaching on Baptism of Desire? I’ve heard it said that the 1949 letter from the Holy Office against Fr. Feeney was in error. Baptism of Desire is in the Baltimore Catechism of course but is anything prior to that? Anything from the Fathers, Doctors, Scholastics, Sainted Popes, etc… Pius IX taught invincible ignorance and he’s beatified. Thats 1800s though. Anyone know of anything earlier than that?
Yes, check out Council of Trent and Douay-Rheims.
Ana Milan, every word you wrote is true. I cannot believe what has transpired and have no idea how this will play out over the next few years. All we laypeople can do is pray.
Louis: “Jorge Bergoglio isn’t so much a “Dictator Pope” who is failing to reform the Roman Curia; he is a heretic posing as a pope who is succeeding, humanly speaking, in destroying the Church, dragging countless souls to Hell in the process.”
This is the most sane, honest, realistic and intelligent description of the current “Papacy” in Cyberspace or even in the regular press. The intellectuals are all wrapped up in the world of “infallibility”, trying to “catch” a thoroughbred modernist in heresy. It’s absurd! Because modernists don’t attack Doctrine directly; they do it indirectly by changing the practice of the faithful first and foremost. And this makes the object of their arrack the Indefectibility of the Church, not infallibility. I just can’t understand how all those Ph.D.’s, Canonists, and Theologians can’t see forest for the trees. They ALL write pages of twisted and almost incomprehensible excuses for not having to “assent” to the now Official Teaching of this fake Pope on Marriage and Holy Communion. THESE INTELLECTUALS ARE ONLY HELPING SATAN TO MAKE A MOCKERY OF OUR LORD’S PROMISE TO PETER AT CAESAREAE PHILLIPI THAT “THE GATES OF HELL WILL NOT PREVAIL OVER IT”, by admitting that the teaching of the fake “Pope” is official!!! The ultimate effect of the new discipline is to DESTROY THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH CHRIST ESTABLISHED HIS CHURCH, NAMELY THE SALVATION OF SOULS–NOT THE DAMNATION OF SOULS. AND THAT IS WHAT CONCERNS THE INDEFECTIBILITY OF THE CHURCH
Vatican I (Pastor Aeternus) tells it all: “The Holy Spirit was promised to the successors of Peter not so that they might, by his revelation, make known some new doctrine, but that, by his assistance, they might religiously guard and faithfully expound the revelation or deposit of faith transmitted by the apostles. Indeed, it was this apostolic doctrine that all the Fathers held, and the holy orthodox Doctors reverenced and followed, fully realizing that this See of Saint Peter always remains untainted by any error, according to the divine promise of Our Lord and Savior made to the Prince of HIs disciples: ‘But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail: and when you have turned again [from his personal fault], strengthen your brethren’ (Lk. 22.32). This gift of truth and never-failing faith was therefore divinely conferred on Peter and his successors in this see so that they might discharge their exalted [supreme] office for the salvation of all, and so that the whole flock of Christ might be kept away by them from the poisonous food of error and be nourished with the sustenance of heavenly doctrine; that the occasion of schism being removed, the whole Church might be preserved as one, and, resting on its foundation, might stand firm against the gates of hell”.
We can do more.
It is vitally important to be informed about the events of Garabandal and to live the Holy Virgins Messages given for the world before it’s too late. Fr Malachi Martin RIP, confirmed those Messages as revealing the content of the Third Secret of Fatima. Here is what he had to say about them:
“And indeed…in 1961 there was a second appearance, this time in Spain, in Garabandal. And the opening words of that revelation were: ‘Because my sons have not listened to my orders, my mandate, here is what is going to happen…’ and the message was very dire, a repetition of the Third Secret in brief form…..”
The Holy Virgins Messages:
October18, 1961: We must make many sacrifices, perform much penance, and visit the Blessed Sacrament frequently. But first, we must lead good lives, If we do not, a chastisement will befall us. The cup is already filling up, and if we do not change, a very great chastisement will come upon us.
June 18, 1965: As my message of October 18 has not been complied with and has not been made known to the world, I am advising you that this is the last one. Before, the cup was filling up. Now it is flowing over. Many cardinals, many bishops and many priests are on the road to perdition and are taking many souls with them. Less and less importance is being given to the Eucharist. You should turn the wrath of God away from yourselves by your efforts. If you ask His forgiveness with sincere hearts, He will pardon you. I, your mother, through the intercession of Saint Michael the Archangel, ask you to amend your lives. You are now receiving the last warnings. I love you very much and do not want your condemnation. Pray to us with sincerity and we will grant your requests. You should make more sacrifices. Think about the passion of Jesus.
Note the reference to the clergy ‘on the road to perdition and taking souls with them’ – sounds familiar?
Katherine, thank you!
I read this article [another “Louie special” – bang on the nail!] and scrolled down ready to issue forth about the banality of these so called experts who totally ignore the dire warnings from Our Blessed Lady. I rejoiced that you had got there before me and said it so much better than I. Bergoglio survives only because he knows that most “catholics ” are happy to wallow in ignorance and follow the loudest voice and best actor…………on the surface that is. Below the surface where we can’t see but we know he’s there …………. lurks the driving force in the Vatican. Satan. The great deceiver who uses proud, power seeking mortals to deliver his filth. We must dedicate ourselves to the Holy Spirit; Our Holy Mother; St Michael and all the Saints in order to keep ourselves and our families safe from evil. God bless all here.
Sorry, Sweetheart – I mean Ana Milan. I beg your pardon.
Well, then, Father, I guess that should seal the fate of Bergoglio, and give the Dubia Cardinals all the ammo they need to not only formally and publicly correct him, but to depose him, call an Imperfect Council and Conclave, and elect a real Catholic to the papacy. Sounds good to me. Bring it on!
Don’t hold your breath, Al. I wonder how these very same Cardinals voted in the last conclave.
Al, a real Catholic? Name one real Catholic left in the NO V2 sect?
Dear Al, The Silent Crusader, at this point in time, I will argue that as long as Benedict is alive HE IS THE TRUE POPE. I have argued this (that Benedict is still Pope) and NO ONE has refuted my arguments to this day.
Why hasn’t the so-called “true pope” not stood up for the Truth then?
OK, let’s say that Benedict is the True Pope. What good is the Vicar of Christ who hides under a rock when he is supposed to be The Rock?
Anyone who thinks Francis isn’t cut from the same Modernist cloth as Benedict are fooling themselves.
Father, I agree with you. I and a very good, close friend wrote the commentary (posted by Bishop Emeritus Rene Gracida on his blog site), that the College of Cardinals overwhelmingly violated JPII’s Apostolic Constitution, Universi Dominici Gregis concerning the valid and licit election of a cardinal to the papacy. Additionally, I, like many others, believe that other members of the St. Gallen Mafia coerced Pope Benedict’s resignation- making it invalid. What a mess the Church finds itself. I wish I had the answers to the solving the crisis. I would surely give it.
Dear 2Vermont and my2cnets, let’s first consider what we’re dealing with, something that cannot be denied. At Akita Our Lady said the “work of the devil would infiltrate even into the Church SUCH THAT Cardinals will be opposed to Cardinals and Bishops against Bishops”. Another fact that cannot be denied: Sr. Lucia told the future Cardinal Caffarra that the FINAL BATTLE between God and Satan would be over the Family and Marriage. But it is precisely A.L. (Marriage and the Family) that is causing the opposition between Cardinals and Bishops. Satan is invisible and hence cannot be seen, but given it is SATAN’s battle, he has his “legions” of humans. And the most prominent human implementing Satan’s war plan is who? Of course, Francis.
However, if a stooge of Satan is OFFICIALLY running the Church, it means that the promise of Christ to Peter at Caesareae Phillipi means nothing; in other word Satan–through his stooge has taken over the Barque of Peter! AN IMPOSSIBILITY!! But if all those “courageous” privates of the Church Militant had had their way and Benedict had suffered martyrdom for “standing up for the Truth” 2Vermont, in 2013, Satan would have been Captain of the Barque of Peter. It is unfortunate that people cannot understand the difference between a personal good and a common Good, or even grasp that one Common good can be greater than another, in this case the Indefectibility of the Church is greater than a person dying in defense of the Faith, which (Indefectibility) is what Benedict had in mind!
It was Benedict who foresaw this situation and, as it were, was the secondary human cause God used to protect the Indefectibility of the Church. So, as long as he lives another valid Conclave CANNOT ELECT A POPE, which today if a valid one could be had would only elect another Bergolgio.
Furthermore, how can one “clean house” when one he doesn’t know who even 50% of the apostates are?! By his “exile”, if you will, of prayer and penance (and this is certainly what Our Lady at Fatima called for) Benedict made provided the opportunity for the “gutless wonders” to come out into the open and to manifest what they really are.
Now, either the faithful come to their senses (the sensus Fidei) and recognize Benedict as Pope and adamantly reject Bergoglio and his legions, thereby making visible the AUTHENTIC Church of Christ, OR if Benedict dies, the faithful Cardinals can gather together in a Conclave of their own–without the apostate cardinals–and elect a True and Faithful Pope. It is only by one of these means that the Consecration of Russia will be made.
Anyone (2Vermont), who says that Benedict is a modernist cannot really believe in the working of Grace or even in the Providence of God for His Mystical Body!!! Besides, Fr. Malachi Martin says the Third Secret speaks of such horrible things that it would be enough to busy every priest indefinitely with long lines of souls for confession; and Benedict knows what the Secret says! And this goes for any other
Unfortunately, most people can’t get their minds above their belts today to consider the spiritual aspect of the Church which Christ founded.
We must pray for Benedict, for the Church, for the conversion of sinners. I believe that we should more praying that complaining. And how many hours does one spend mouthing off on the Internet? May those who are really concerned about the Church finally come to their senses, a real sensus Fidei.
Frbelland, Benedict cannot be Pope either. He is a modernist.
I saw a You Tube video of a small gathering in the Vatican garden. TWO laymen tried to give Benedict a written note and BOTH times Gansweinn’s hand appeared and intercepted the notes which disappeared into his soutane! Pope Benedict is a virtual prisoner and Gansweinn is his warder.
The answer you seek is found in the Holy Virgins Messages (cited in my previous post) and related prophecies: WORLDWIDE WARNING and GREAT MIRACLE, as a result of the latter RUSSIA WILL BE CONVERTED. Both events are described in more detail at this site: https://www.garabandal.us/prophecies
A blessed and holy Christmas to you and your loved ones.
Thanks Al, The Silent Crusader, you, and Benedict, have much, much more humility than most of the commenters here who think thy know everything, but fail to prove it; and they apparently don’t believe in the working of the Grace of God in a person that brings about sorrow for past sins and hence forgiveness. They can’t even tolerate those who give the benefit of the doubt. It is evident they do no reading of the spiritual classics of the likes of St. Francis de Sales & St. Ignatius, among others. God bless and Our Lady protect you always.
Frdbelland, you sound just like Francis. Francis is always virtue shaming some conservative elements in the church. Those conservative elements like to value shame the traditionalists. And the trads like to value shame the sedes. Why? Its because no one can ever answer the question as to how a non catholic can be head of the catholic church. So instead of trying to explain that glarring contradiction, those who propose this question are called arrogant, prideful, intolerant, and other pejoratives.
This diabolical disorientation is explained in the Third Secret which Fr Gruner refers to in 2014. There are two Popes, one is the Holy Father and the other a Bishop dressed in White giving the impression of being the Holy Father.
The Popes, all of them are bad for failing to comply with the command to Consecrate Russia but they are validly elected Popes until the Bishop dressed in White who is totally under the control of Satan. No endorsement of sede-vacantism in the Secret, Pius XII failed to Consecrate Russia and the evil Council V2 is the result of this failure. Benedict XVI resigned exercise of the office, the Secret tells us why. He remains the Holy Father.
We need this light from Heaven to fully explain what the Church has suffered for the past 100 years. Only Our Lady’s clear though harsh words can clarify this diabolical disorientation.