An interview with Marcantonio Colonna, author of the book Il papa dictatore
The Dictator Pope
For your information this article is from an interview with Marcantonio Colonna, the author of the book Il papa dictatore, that is creating great turmoil in catholicity. The book is said to reveal the lucid climb to the power of Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
"For his superior, Bergoglio was not suitable to be a bishop"
https://cronicasdepapafrancisco.com/2017/12/09/per-il-suo-superiore-bergoglio-non-era-adatto-a-fare-il-vescovo/ by Francesco Borgonovo (09-12-2017)
There is a booklet that is attracting the attention of half the world. French, American, Australian newspapers, even some Italian newspapers, talked about it with great caution. And, in fact, it is a hot volume, starting with the title: The Pope dictator .
The cover is occupied almost entirely by a photograph of Pope Francis: the "dictator" in question, of course, would be him.
The author is Marcantonio Colonna. It is a pseudonym, which refers to a really existent character: the viceroy of Sicily, lived in the sixteenth century, among the protagonists of the battle of Lepanto. The sparse biographical notes in the book - available only in the ebook version - explain that the author "graduated from the University of Oxford and has extensive experience in historical research and other fields. He resides in Rome since the beginning of the papacy of Pope Francis, and his book is the result of close contacts with many people working in the Vatican, including the cardinals and other main characters mentioned in the course of the narrative “.
The Truth has succeeded, by e-mail, to get in touch with Marcantonio Colonna, and to be told something more about the pamphlet that is causing so much clamour.
Why did you decide to write this book? And why using a pseudonym?
In essence, I must say that the media image that Pope Francis has benefited in the last five years is one of the most amazing scams of contemporary life. All those who work in the Vatican know the abyss between that image and reality and we should not be surprised that someone eventually reveals the truth. I wrote my book with the name of Marcantonio Colonna, who was the great military champion of the Catholic Church in the sixteenth century, so that anyone who reads the book sees that it is in no way an attack on the Church: it is intended to prevent the Church from again a similar error. That is to elect as Pope a little-known cardinal who turns out to be very different from what he seemed. It was necessary to use a pseudonym because, as the book says, Pope Francis takes merciless revenge on those who oppose him. For example, the three assistants of Cardinal Müller who were dismissed in October 2016 for alleged criticism of the Pope.
In your opinion, why is Bergoglio a "dictator"?
The meaning of the word dictator is that of sovereign who exercises his personal will in the contempt of law and justice. It is something very different from the legal authority that traditionally belongs to the head of the Catholic Church. I could refer again to Cardinal Müller, who tried to defend his three subordinates when they were fired, and received this reply from Pope Francis: "I am the Pope and I do not need explanations for any of my words" . This is not the way in which popes traditionally exercise their authority. But in calling Pope Francis a dictator I also wanted to bring out the close parallels between his style and that of Juan Perón, the dictator of Argentina in the age of Bergoglio's youth. His influence is crucial in explaining Francesco's style. As I say in the book, he is the ecclesiastical transposition of Juan Perón.
In the book, she tells a little-known story about Bergoglio's past. It's about a Jesuit, Father Kolvenbach . What is it about? How did you learn about this story?
In 1991, when Father Jorge Bergoglio was appointed bishop in Argentina, it was necessary to obtain a report from the superior general of his order, Father Kolvenbach. Father Kolvenbach's answer , based on the opinions of the other members of his order, was that Bergoglio was not suitable for being appointed bishop. Father Kolvenbach stated that Bergoglio lacked psychological balance, was of a subtle nature and had been a divisive figure when he was a Jesuit provincial in Argentina. This relationship was widespread among the members of the Congregation for Bishops of the time and was known to a rather large number of people. But Bergoglio, of course, took care to hide it when he became Pope. And the copy that was in the official Jesuit archive in Rome disappeared.
How did you collect the material for your book?
Several journalists have commented, regarding my book, that it contains little new, and in fact most of it is based on articles that have been published in the last four years, for example those by Sandro Magister. It was simply a matter of putting the material together. However, I think an important contribution provided by my book is in the second chapter, which describes the past of Jorge Bergoglio in Argentina, where he was known as a cunning and manipulative politician in the Peronist tradition. Even here, there is little new for an Argentine, but these are facts not known to the rest of the world, because of the language barrier. I was simply the vehicle to translate them. And again: the revelations about the resistance to reform and the reign of fear that now exist in the Vatican are familiar to anyone working there, but it was necessary for someone to publicly say what was well known in secret.
Through which path Bergoglio has become Pope?
My first chapter describes the action of the group of cardinals known as the "Mafia di San Gallo", in the management of the 2013 conclave, to guarantee Bergoglio's rejection. This description comes from the story of one of the members of the group, the Belgian cardinal Danneels, who was so proud of having designed Bergoglio's rejection to reveal everything to the authors of his biography (and let me add that the name "Mafia di San Gallo" comes from same Danneels). He ignored the fact that he was revealing a serious violation of canon law, which forbids conspiracies to influence the papal conclaves. The group of St. Gallen had met secretly for years before the 2005 conclave, when he tried to prevent Cardinal Ratzinger's election to Benedict XVI, and the candidate presented at the time was Bergoglio. When Benedict unexpectedly abdicated in 2013, Bergoglio. When Benedict unexpectedly abdicated in 2013, they took the opportunity to renew the failed attempt eight years earlier.
What is your opinion on the Bergoglio reforms?
The third chapter is titled: "Reform? What Reform? ". Describes in detail how the reform has been completely blocked by the powerful curial figures with which Francesco has deliberately allied himself. In the first place, the reform of the curia has been frustrated, in particular the intention to reduce the exaggerated powers of the secretariat of state, which is now more powerful than ever under Cardinal Parolin. Secondly, the broken promise to act against the scandal of pedophile priests: there have been known cases of priests who have been protected by prominent figures of the curia. Thirdly, the complete inversion of the financial reform that had been imagined when the new Secretariat for the Economy was established by Cardinal Pell. He was opposed by a small group of cardinals who did not want to give up their control and managed to defeat him.Libero Milone , was another victory for those who oppose reforms. Why did it happen? Because Pope Francis, who was elected to reform the Church, has discovered that he can control the curia more effectively through the corrupt figures that depend on him for power. They obey him blindly.
Have there been any reactions from the Holy See to its pamphlet?
My book did not like the Vatican. There have been immediate attempts to understand who wrote it. At one point they thought they had identified the author as someone who was in England and harassed him with telephone threats. What they do not realize is that the book does not represent a solitary voice, but expresses the concerns of many people - in the Vatican and elsewhere - who want the truth to be known.