A plot by Cardinals against the Pope?

From Damian Thompson at UK Spectator:

There is a touch of the Peronist street-fighter about Jorge Bergoglio. As his fellow Argentinian Jesuits know only too well, he is relaxed about making enemies so long as he is confident that he has the upper hand. The posters convey impotent rage: they are unlikely to carry the fingerprints of senior churchmen.

In any case, it is not anonymous mockery that should worry the Pope: it is the public silence of cardinals and bishops who, in the early days of his pontificate, missed no opportunity to cheer him on.

The silence is ominous because it comes amid suspicion that influential cardinals are plotting against Francis — motivated not by partisan malice, but by fear that the integrity and authority of the papacy is at stake.

To quote one Vatican employee, ‘Liberal or conservative, what most cardinals want is release from the endless fatigue created by Francis.’More.

Reality check:  It may have occurred to some of them that the Catholics who worry most about Francis running off at the mouth are the ones who attend mass, give, and volunteer. Oddly, Francis was holding forth on the Big Bang. The Big Bang is a solid theory and is the most widely accepted one. It also conforms with what we might expect our cosmos to be like if it is a divine creation, as we say. BUT the theory is far from incontestable. The Big Bang is best defended by specialists who can respond to abstruse objections in the literature.

Why must a Pope be an expert in everything? That alone would suggest to me that he is not doing what he should.

See also: The Sweden of progressives’ dreams, including the Pope’s, is being murdered by reality. Good thing few Swedes are Catholics. Bad thing Sweden isn’t Texas.


  • deplorabledave

    motivated not by partisan malice, but by fear that the integrity and authority of the papacy is at stake.

    and the church itself. There is no need in this world for another united church.

  • Solo712

    If Francis is a Catholic, I am Dalai Lama.

  • SMC_BC

    As to the Reality Check comment line, likely part of the pope’s interest is because Monseigneur Georges Lemaître, the originator of what came to be known as the “Big Bang Theory” was a Jesuit.

    The pope is Catholic and he is the true pope. Period. Catholics have survived bad popes before and they’ll survive Frances. Many people, mostly non Catholics and badly educated catholics (small ‘c’ is deliberate), don’t understand infallibility of the papacy. They should look it up themselves to understand what it is and what it is not. (Some idiots think it applies to everything the guy says.)

    The popes personal views are his own.

    This pope, as annoying as he is, has not taught error. In his exhortation Amoris Laetitia there are confusing points that requires clarification which is why Cardinals sent him the dubia (doubts) consisting of four yes or no type questions that still wait to be answered, hence the silence mentioned in the article. In that realm the plot thickens.

  • Tooth&Claw

    No wonder people are abandoning the Catholic church to join the Orthodox Christian ones.

    • disqusW6sf

      Hmmm..interesting. Just read a few headlines from 2009-2012 noting Anglicans are leaving their church for the Church of Rome.

      • Tooth&Claw

        If it hadn’t have been for King Henry the VIII they would have been Catholic to begin with.

        • disqusW6sf

          He was obsessed with having a male heir. At least that’s what I heard.

          • Tooth&Claw

            Lol among other things. Having to marry your brother’s widow couldn’t have been a treat.

  • Shebel

    Ditch this ridiculous ,treasonous , miserable excuse of a Pope. and I won’t call Catholics —-‘Dirty Dogans’ —-ever again.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Instant short circuit in my mind.

    • Etobicoke_Gladiator

      No one ever expects it! And then… it comes for ya! 🙂 Great classic Monty Python sketch. Incidentally, as you no doubt know, John Cleese is quite outspoken about the profoundly negative transitions in English culture due to the Muslim invasion of the UK. You have followed him the last five years?