Local Italian Gossip on New Pope, or is His Dark Side True? Part One

posted by Dr. Jael Ever @ 23:21 PM
April 3, 2013

        ‘Behind the scene’ reporting in Italian newspapers about elections of the new Pope reveal two startling aspects: Italian cardinals with the largest block of votes turned against their own; and, as far as voting cardinals were concerned, the Pope and other close contenders for the position are Europeans, not South Americans.

Long-standing grudges between Italian cardinals sounds more like hate-filled struggles between Mafia dons, than that of Christian brothers seeking God’s will. Infighting included business profit protection to prevent dangerous exposures.

Giulia Belardelli writes in ‘Conclave Election Of Pope Francis Marked By Intrigue And ‘Betrayal’ Of Angelo Scola By Italians’ that from the first ballot Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the new Pope Francis, had more votes than two Italian cardinals who beforehand were assumed to be front runners.
“The Italian Cardinals were the first to organize against Scola’s election; not only those of the Curia, guided by the Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone and from the Dean of the College of Cardinals Angelo Sodano, one-time enemies but allied today in the anti-Scola battle, but also . . . those resident Italian Cardinals . . .”

As Barbie Latza Nadeau points out in ‘Conspiracy Theories Behind Pope Francis’s Election,’ Italian front runners were betrayed: “The most popular theory as to why Bergoglio was elected was put forward by La Stampa’s esteemed Vaticanista Giacomo Galeazzi, who wrote that Italian Angelo Scola was ‘betrayed by his countrymen.’ . . . the top Italian cardinals in the Roman Curia held ‘grudges’ against Scola and undermined his chances of winning in the first round.

“Namely, according to Galeazzi, Vatican secretary of State Tarciso Bertone and the Dean of the College of Cardinals, Angelo Sodano, were ‘ridiculously hostile’ towards Scola, who they saw as a threat to their power. . .”

While the church’s press releases insists that the new Pope is from South America, in truth cardinals kept an eye on the families Italian origin. Nadeau insists:  “Bergoglio’s win was a compromise to give a nod to the strength of the Latin American faithful and show that the Vatican was willing to at least try out someone from another part of the world. At the same time, the election of Bergoglio, whose father was an Italian immigrant to Argentia, pacified those who wanted either a European or Italian pope.”

To prove the point, she says:  “Another front-runner, Odilo Scherer from Brazil, reportedly did not do well at all in balloting. As the Brazilian-born son of German immigrants, Franco says he was too much of a carbon copy of Benedict.  And two German popes in a row would surely not sit well with Italians, whose anti-German sentiment has been underscored by the European financial crisis in which Italy is seen as the weak underdog to Germany’s strong economy.”

The Catholic Church says it follows St. Peter, who in his Bible inspired writing teaches: “Be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble (1 Peter 5: 5b).” The cardinals need to follow Peter’s lead.

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