What Has Pope Francis Covered Up?
In a new Spectator podcast, and following on from a scathing written assessment from Damian Thompson in which he states:
the duplicitous pontiff depicted by Viganò is instantly recognisable as the cynical, backstabbing Bergoglio in Henry Sire’s book The Dictator Pope, which is based on first-hand testimony from Argentina and Rome. Every Catholic should read it.Thompson interviews the author of The Dictator Pope .
Key insights in this interview include revelations about Pope Francis from his home in Argentina. Many have wondered why he has not returned home and speculated that it might be that the world would see he gets a less than cordial welcome. Henry Sire reveals that in Buenos Aires, Bergoglio consistently associated with clergy accused of sexual and financial wrong doing. Henry Sire suggests this allows Bergoglio to gain power over such individuals. Of course we see this evident in the men he has surrounded himself with at the Vatican.
Sire also reveals that the first bishop appointed by Bergoglio was a priest who had had an affair and subsequently broken up a marriage. Another was a homosexual who was, none-the-less defended and promoted by Bergoglio. Sire gives further examples from Pope Francis' past.
So what's at the heart of the debate? Sire suggests that attempts to change Church teaching with regard to sexuality is the main thrust of the argument, both with regard to homosexuality, but also with divorce. It seems to me this is a house of cards.
The interlocutors note the way in which the mainstream media has failed to investigate claims made by Vigano and seems happy to buy in to the conspiracy theories. Sire explains that the Press have invested heavily in Francis as a "goody" reformer. They also are religiously ignorant, especially with respect to the Catholic Church, and what information is fed to them comes from a select group of privileged individuals who tend to simply pass on their opinion unedited.
I think this is a really worrying trend in modern society. Across all walks of life, not just religious journalism, we see that the media no longer appear interested in the objective truth of any given situation, perhaps in a world which has succumbed to the dictatorship of relativism almost entirely, the media does not believe there IS any truth to be discovered, merely different perspectives, and so they pursue the perspective which fits best with their agenda. Ultimately, it is rarely accurate reporting and more often selling you a perspective. We clearly see this with a Pope who has been such a media darling because they have wanted so badly for the leader of the Catholic Church to stop being a contradiction to the secular cultural norms of abortion and contraception, etc, and "modernise", admitting the Church has been wrong all these years and the world has been right. They've seen clear hints of this from Pope Francis and don't care to see that narrative contradicted.
One of the main thesis put forward based on the evidence from Thompson, and confirmed from experience by Sire, is that Pope Francis is a politician first and a spiritual leader second, who's main quirk is that he agrees with you face to face and is affable and then stabs you in the back immediately you turn away.
The discussion turns to talk of the dwindling support for Pope Francis. Vocal Popolators have media links and so seem stronger than they actually are. Bishops seems to be turning away from Francis in increasing numbers.
The pair turn their attention to the response (or lack of response) from the Church in England. Sire says he has not been living in England and is not particularly aware of the politics in the English Church. Thompson suggests that the Church has buried its' head in the sand over the issue, this point is hard to dispute. Sire is aware of our Cardinal however. The appraisal of whom is frankly damning.
The conclusion is that if Francis is indeed a Peronist, he will resist any and all pressures to resign.