90 Miles From Tyranny : Vatican Cracks Down on Critics of Communist Tyrant, Pope Francis

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Vatican Cracks Down on Critics of Communist Tyrant, Pope Francis

The Vatican has taken new measures to punish critics of Pope Francis in a move that seems to belie the pope’s earlier calls for greater dialogue and debate within the Church.

On Thursday, the Rome-based Sovereign Order of Malta, which reports directly to the Holy See, suspended historian Henry Sire after he was revealed to be the author of the bestselling book The Dictator Pope: The Inside Story of the Francis Papacy, a critical examination of the pontificate of Pope Francis.

Meanwhile the Vatican has hired the international law firm of Baker McKenzie to force a small Spanish website called InfoVaticana.com to close its doors, allegedly for its sometimes critical tone toward aspects of the Francis papacy. The firm recently threatened a lawsuit if Infovaticana isn’t shut down and “its internet domain transferred to the Vatican.”

The Order of Malta announced its decision Wednesday to suspend the British historian Henry Sire, a member of the order, calling his book a “vile attack” on Pope Francis.

“Following the press articles reporting the name of the author of the book ‘The Dictator Pope’ the Grand Magistry of the Order of Malta has taken the decision to suspend Henry Sire, author of the book and member of the Order of Malta. The provisional suspension from membership has immediate effect and an investigation is being launched,” it said in a statement.

In January, 2017, the Vatican took control of the Knights of Malta after ousting its Grand Master Matthew Festing for his “defiance of papal authority.” The pope asked Festing to resign following a dispute over sovereignty with the Vatican, replacing him with papal delegate Archbishop Angelo Becciu as interim leader of the order.

Under the pen name Marcantonio Colonna, Sire published The Dictator Popeelectronically in November of 2017, first in Italian and then in English, after spending a four-year residence with the Knights of Malta in Rome from 2013 to 2017, during which time he conducted his research for the book. Only on Monday did Sire acknowledge that he was the author of the book.

In it, Sire portrayed Francis as an authoritarian leader who does not brook opposition or criticism. Contrary to his public persona as a jovial man of the people, Sire wrote that Francis has turned out to be “a papal tyrant the like of whom has not been seen for many centuries” and under his administration, “the Vatican is systematically silencing, eliminating and...

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Tim said...

Sit on it, and rotate squidstick. You are not my pope, you are a communist and muslim apologist who has no honor, and are pushing your globalist crap instead of your religion. You will remembered in my house as a lying politician, not a holy man.

Doom said...

He has no religion, save gold and defilements. Other than that, carry on.

Unknown said...

Even religious leaders are political. I have read columns and essays going back to 1960.
The Catholic faith The Catholic church has been been at war with itself for generations.
Battles between the left and right wings have been waging a long time. Priests in Latin
America have openly sided with murderous communist rebels. Popes are not immune or
divorced from political ideologies.

Pope John Paul II was a traditional conservative. The current Pope is left of Marx. This
is nothing new.

Doom said...

The thing, the truth, is you can't be communist, or socialist for what difference there is, and be Christian, let alone Catholic.

Doom said...

As for JP II, I am not certain. He completely ignored homosexuality, and worse pedophilia, right into the priesthood. While it is true, modern psychology considers those normal, he should have known better. That is what led to much of the problems today. So... I'll disagree about him being traditional. Not since before V II have we had a right pope.