A Long Letter To Francis
I post here the links to a long letter to Francis from a personal acquaintance of him. Unfortunately, I could only find the German and the Spanish version. If any of my Spanish- or German-speaking readers can direct me to an English translation, I will be thankful.
EDIT: IT IS HERE: Many thanks to readers Marco Pernechele and “Corymbia”!
There are several concepts and ideas in this letter with which I cannot agree. Yes, of course we can criticise the Pope. At times we must, even. Probably the author expresses herself in a rhetorical way, but she unfortunately contributes to the widespread tale that the Pope cannot be criticised. Similarly, I do not agree with the strange idea that the man be an intelligent man, therefore he must have some cunning plan to defend Catholicism without anyone noticing. More gravely, no doubt must ever be insinuated in the mind of the readers that, when Christ and a Pope are in conflict, there might be any doubt as to who is right.
Why, then, do I link to this long letter?
Because, coming from a personal acquaintance from him, it gives some rather telling insights about the habits and ways of Jorge Bergoglio, the Archbishop and Cardinal. And no, it’s not a beautiful sight.
Still, what the writer says about the Cardinal matches so exactly the actions of the Bishop of Rome, that it is very difficult not to find her words completely trustworthy.
This is a woman who knew Bergoglio as Cardinal, and, as we say in Italy, “photographed him”, describing the real way he is in minute details.
Read past the usual compliments, and what emerges is further confirmation of the tragic mistake of the Cardinals in March 2013.
Next time I hear some idiot repeat the other tale of the Holy Ghost hand-picking the Pope I think I will be tempted to slap him in the face, and to demand that he thanks me afterwards.
If you are a German- or Spanish-speaking blogger, you may want to consider reblogging the original letter; albeit, I think, with the caveats I have expressed above.
As a whole, I think it should be required reading for everyone wanting to understand what is going on with Jorge Bergoglio.