Francis Explained By A Fellow Argentinian
The blog Unam Sanctam has a very interesting piece written by one of its Argentine readers, called Jack Tollers (name not new to me; but I wish I remembered why).
The explanation, put in simple terms, is this: Bergoglio is an excellent example of the worst part of the Argentinian Country and character. No education, no honesty or integrity, no style, double talk as a way of life, false modesty as a second skin, cutting corners all one’s life, and feeling smarter for it.
One is reminded of the man who stole a crucifix from the rosary of a dead man, and gloried in it; of the man who said Jesus “pretended” to be angry with his disciples; of the man who said that perhaps the Blessed Virgin felt belied and betrayed at the foot of the Cross.
All you already knew and hated of Francis (Francis the clearly ignorant, vulgar, boorish, arrogant, hypocrite, stunningly incompetent and envious man) comes alive as a particularly disquieting incarnation of character traits already ingrained in part of the population. He stands in front of you in 3-D, making you aware that what you have in front of you is not an exceptionally bad apple, but a particularly cunning (or lucky) apple in a vast, poisoned orchard.
Reading the well-written piece, several pieces of the puzzle called Bergoglio suddenly fell into place. How can a man so astonishingly ignorant of pretty much everything, including the bases of his own religion, reach the position of Primate? Because of the vast ignorance spread around him. How can such an envious, resentful, spiteful man ascend the hierarchy? Because he plays on the resentment and envy of the common people. How can his breathtaking hypocrisy be tolerated? Because it’s a kind of national sport. How can he get away with his fundamental lack of integrity? Because this is not seen as a negative trait among many of his compatriots. How could he avoid the knives searching for him along the way? Because he chose Rome and ditched the Jesuit revolutionary, Arrupe, when he understood Arrupe was the losing horse.
Several Argentinian commenters have written on my blog in the past, and they all said pretty much the same thing: Bergoglio incarnates the worst of the Country, which is why he succeeded; but this little work here explains it better than every comment could. It really allows Bergoglio to emerge from the Argentinian context like a piece of… wood naturally floating in putrid waters, and you know the object is entirely in its own element.
Go there and enjoy this brilliant description of a tragedy (Bergoglio) in a tragedy (Argentina).
Unfortunately, the tragedy is now common to the entire Church.
God willing, this might not be for very long. Rorate has an article about the succession already and the multiplication of such rumours since October at least lets one think there might be something in them after all. Notice how this very article already makes of Tagle (probably, with every reason) the enemy number one at the next Conclave.
But another man so crass, so stupid, so inadequate, so completely our of his depth, and so unable to see how out of his depth he is like this one we will not see for, I think, a very long time.
We cry for you, Argentina.