bergoglio's plot to kill the Curia -- part III
Below are some articles that repeat the agreed upon "cover story" on how bergoglio was "elected" pope. The original source of this "cover story" seems to be an article in the Vatican Insider by Giacomo Galeazzi titled "Scola betrayed by the Italians from the very first vote".
IMO this "cover story" has been put into place in order to distract attention from what really happened.
What really happened? We don't know.
... but allow me to speculate...
Specualtion 1. Ratzinger (the former Pope Benedict XVI) was "forced out"... or was "persuaded" that it would be a good idea for him to "retire" -- an unprecedented act.
Speculation 2. Ratzinger intended that his successor would continue the "soft-line" modernist approach followed by the JPII/Ratzinger dynasty.
Speculation 3. Ratzinger thought he had the votes lined up to have Cardinal Scola "elected" pope. (From what I can tell Scola is similar in ideology to JPII and Ratzinger.)
Speculation 4. Ratzinger was counting on the Italian Cardinals to vote as a bloc in favor of Scola.
Speculation 5. The Italian Cardinals were "forced" to abandon Scola -- or shall we say they were "persuaded" through the use of threats that it would be "in their own best interests"... as in "a deal you can't refuse"...
This seems like a lot of speculation, but at least it fits the facts and makes some logical sense.
What doesn't make logical sense is that the Italian Cardinals would abandon Scola knowing that this would lead to the election of an anti-Curia and an anti-Italian pope.
The "cover story" suggests that this happened because two of the most powerful and savvy Italian Cardinals -- Tarcisio Bertone and Angelo Sodano -- could not come to an agreement and that they therefore unintentionally sabotaged their own cause. In other words they "bungled it".
I'm highly suspicious of this "cover story" for many reasons.
1. How do journalists "know" this? Isn't this just speculation presented as facts?
2. It is theory that is just a little too "tidy". Its easy to "sell". It makes a nice "talking point". It's "irrefutable" because its virtually impossible to prove or disprove. If you assume this is true then the conversation is over.
3. Bertone and Sodano are not idiots.
4. The Italian bishops seem to have assumed going into the conclave that there had been a deal struck that the Italian Cardinals would steadfastly defend their cause by unanimously supporting Scola.
5. Abandoning Scola if done intentionally was a "suicidal" act. The writing was on the wall that this would lead to the selection of an anti-Curia and anti-Italian pope... if not Bergoglio then one of the other "radical modernists" Cardinals like Maradiaga or Dolan.
I end with some questions.
1. What outside forces might have "influenced" the votes of the Italian Cardinals? For example foreign governments or non-Catholic religious groups?
2. How did the "Vatileaks" scandal affect the outcome of the conclave? Did this scandal influence the unprecedented resignation of Ratzinger?
3. Did the "Vatican gay lobby" influence the conclave?
Italy sighs as unholy alliance scuppers the home favourite for pope, Angelo Scola
An unholy alliance between two other Italian grandees, Tarcisio Bertone and Angelo Sodano, who by all accounts can’t stand each other, had set the ball rolling for Cardinal Bergoglio. Overseas conclave members determined to put and end to the warring Italians’ stranglehold on the Curia joined in. When the pragmatic and powerful American grouping led by New York’s Timothy Dolan backed the Argentinian’s cause it was all over for Cardinal Scola. Leading Vaticanologist Massimo Franco spoke for many pundits this morning when he said years of infighting between senior Italian cardinals had repelled Church figures from overseas. Instead, Pope Francis represented a fresh start – and a more global, inclusive Church. That fresh start needs a new government. Pope Francis’s most important appointment will be that of secretary of state – effectively prime minister to the Pontiff’s supreme monarch.
Path to the papacy: 'Not him, not him, therefore him'
John L. Allen Jr.
The story behind Pope Francis’ election