A Long Letter To Francis

Cardinal Bergoglio

“You haven’t changed at all!”



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.


Posted on May 24, 2014, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. You piqued my interest, so I used a far-from-perfect online translation. It appears to me that the writer’s rhetorical questions are loaded with repetitive irony in the vein of “Brutus is an honourable man . . . ” Overall, I find it a devastating critique.

    • Yes, I think this is the aim. But the repeated questions reinforce a stereotype, of the Pope who can’t be criticised…

      In the end, the entire letter is a criticism.


  2. I think that many people, perhaps even some well-known orthodox Catholics fail to offer even constructive criticism about the Pope and his papacy because they think that he has been hand picked by the holy spirit. Pope Benedict xvi and others have made statements to the contrary about the election process:
    “Anyway, one shouldn’t exaggerate the role of divine inspiration. As one cardinal put it to me after the election of Benedict XVI, “I was never whapped on the head by the Holy Spirit. I had to make the best choice I could based on the information available.”
    Perhaps the classic expression of this idea belongs to none other than the outgoing pope, Benedict XVI, who as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was asked on Bavarian television in 1997 if the Holy Spirit is responsible for who gets elected. This was his response:
    I would not say so, in the sense that the Holy Spirit picks out the Pope. … I would say that the Spirit does not exactly take control of the affair, but rather like a good educator, as it were, leaves us much space, much freedom, without entirely abandoning us. Thus the Spirit’s role should be understood in a much more elastic sense, not that he dictates the candidate for whom one must vote. Probably the only assurance he offers is that the thing cannot be totally ruined.
    Then the clincher:
    There are too many contrary instances of popes the Holy Spirit obviously would not have picked! “

    • I think the traditional idea is simply that the Cardinals must pray for inspiration. The idea that the Pope would be hand-picked by the Holy Spirit would seem very strange in the many ages in which the election of a Pope was overtly political.


  3. I read the letter when it appeared several months ago. It was an open letter, but, to my knowledge, the Pope didn’t respond, neither in writing, nor with phone call. And that, being he Francis, it’ s strange. Or, if a reply arrived, the author kept it for herself. Which is again unusual, in this Papcy.

    • It’s strange that one who is so eager to phone a concubine and perhaps tell her to go to communion is not equally eager to enter “dialogue” with a faithful mother of nine.

      Perhaps the lady should become his newsagent?


  4. Read the letter and am gobsmacked in the way in which she mirrors my own thoughts on so many matters. Especially resonant with me was her reaction when Bergoglio became pope and stood on that balcony and the craziness of the ensuing days and Holy Week abuses. I am heartened that there really is an army of Catholic faithful worldwide who recognize this man for the cacaphony of papal utterances he has inflicted on the world. Also, did not know the BoR so misinterpreted St. Matthew’s response to Jesus’ call and I found that stunning. St. Matthew, pray for Pope Francis, and for the Church.

  5. Mundabor,

    Francis kisses the hand of a 93 year old priest propagandizing for the homosexual deathstyle and yet does not respond to this woman and her concerns. Will he publicly embrace the wayward Trad priest who may have fallen into sedevacantism or the women and men who “suffer from an addiction” to praying the rosary? He only extends his self serving “mercy” to those favored by the World’s decadent media and cultural elites.

  6. victura1007 .

    A fascinating glimpse into his background. The only bishop who would not genuflect at the consecration. Talked loudly of his hassles with public transportation. Dressed down, etc. It’s all “look at me and how humble I am!” Quite juvenile. This is a man intent on drawing attention to himself whenever possible. Be on guard.

    • One must say, it worked, though.

      Too many idiots among our Cardinals, that they would either not see through this man, or actually did and thought he would be a good PR move without any negative consequence.


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