Yet another book about pope Francis’ heresies from a Catholic author

The Dictator Pope: The Inside Story of the Francis Papacy
By Marcantonio Colonna* (aka Henry Sire)
Regenery Publishing, 2018 Revised Edition, 232 pages

After cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected to the papacy on March 13, 2013, many were immediately impressed by his seemingly humble, pastoral approach, which was a noticeable contrast to the rigorous doctrinalism of John Paul II and Benedict XVI. When pope Francis’ off-the-cuff, theologically liberal remarks began making headlines, conservative Catholics attributed them to media misrepresentation, but after a short span it became entirely clear that Francis did not share their agenda.

We’re now seeing a growing number of conservative Catholic critics publicly voicing their deep displeasure with Francis. In this updated version of his controversial 2017 bestseller, historian, Henry Sire, examines Bergoglio’s past and the most eyebrow-raising aspects of his papacy.

When the college of cardinals elected Bergoglio in 2013, few were aware of his liberal proclivities, but an influential, progressive cadre had groomed the Argentinian as their candidate several years previous.

Francis and his progressive allies saw the unbending doctrinal rigidity of JPII and Benedict XVI as impediments to the church’s survival, and they seek to move the church away from doctrinal emphasis to a more pragmatic, “pastoral” approach. Sire devotes much space to Francis’ engineering of the lifting of the ban on communion for remarried divorcees via the 2014 and 2015 synods and his guileful 2016 Amoris Laetitia encyclical. Conservative prelates who oppose his “reforms” are swiftly divested of their positions or influence (hence, the title, “The Dictator Pope”). Religious orders that cling to the Latin mass or other forms of traditionalism are targeted for “correction.” This revised edition was published before Francis’ latest airplane-aisle press conference in which he declared that individual bishops could decide on the issue of intercommunion with Protestants in their diocese.

Francis and his allies will continue to advance such progressive causes such as ending the rule of celibacy for priests, affirming sexually active homosexuals and blessing same-sex unions, and ending the ban on non-abortifacient contraceptives. The author points out that, despite his reputation as a reformer, Francis has kept at arms-length such glaring problems as the much-needed reorganization of the entrenched Curia (the Vatican bureaucracy), the ongoing priest pedophile scandal, and the murky and teetering Vatican finances.

Catholic conservatives are hoping that Francis’ reign ends quickly, but in the meantime Francis is busy “stacking the deck” by appointing new cardinals who share his views to ensure his successor carries forward his progressive reforms.

It’s satisfying to see these critical exposés of Francis from Catholic sources. Catholics once boasted that their pope, under divine guidance, could never lead their church into doctrinal error, but Francis has “reformed” that claim as well.

Catholic friend, what should you do now that your foundation is crumbling? Repent of your sin and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior by faith alone. Jesus is the only Foundation worth standing on. After you have accepted Christ, then ask Him to lead you to an evangelical church in your area that preaches God’s Word without compromise.

*Historian and Vatican expert, Henry Sire, sought to cloak his identity by using a nom de plume, Marcantonio Colonna, when the first edition of this book was published in November 2017. When his identity was later uncovered, his membership in the Knights of Malta, a Catholic lay religious order, was suspended.

Click on the links below to see my reviews of other books written by Catholic authors that are extremely critical of Francis:

“The Political Pope: How Pope Francis is Delighting the Liberal Left and Abandoning Conservatives” by George Neumayr

“Lost Shepherd: How Francis is Misleading His Flock” by Philip Lawler

“To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism” by Ross Douthat


15 thoughts on “Yet another book about pope Francis’ heresies from a Catholic author

  1. Great post, brother! I was wondering if there was any retribution against those who come out against the pope, then I saw how you explained he was kicked out of a group. Have there been any put out of the RCC, or do they handle all that internally?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks, sister! Good question! We’re witnessing a very interesting dance taking place between the pope and his increasingly vocal critics. Francis has demoted, retired, or bureaucratically isolated several high-ranking prelates who dared to publicly oppose him. His critics still stop short of calling for schism, so I don’t know of anyone who has been excommunicated to this point. Some of Francis’ allies have publicly called for excommunications, but Francis’ knows such an act would embolden the Right.
      Below is a link to a short article about the pope’s allies calling for an “interdict” (one step short of excommunication, banning a person or people from accessing most of the church’s sacraments) against conservative Catholic broadcaster EWTN because of their mounting public criticism of the pope. Please don’t feel like you have to read it, but it’s a good example of the chess match going on between the two sides. It’s just an incredibly amazing time we live in when the most devoted followers of traditional Catholic teaching feel they must oppose this pope.

      Liked by 2 people

    2. There have been at least 37 anti-popes in the history of the Catholic Church. As such, it is proper for a Pope to be stern with Cardinals who oppose him. I am completely behind Pope Francis since he is ultimately the Vicar of Christ. People forget that love of God requires that a man desire obedience to whatever God directs. Being a member of the Catholic Church and being supportive of the Pope is truly an act of love of God.


      1. Francis, you and other conservative Catholics are caught in a Catch-22. Catholics are obliged to give their blind loyalty to the pope, but what to do when the current pope countermands the infallible doctrines of previous popes as Francis is doing? What of claims that a pope could never lead the RCC into doctrinal error?

        This brings to mind one of the contrasting approaches of Catholicism compared to Bible Christianity:

        Catholic – “Once [a person enters the Catholic Church], he has no further use for his reason. He enters the Church, an edifice illumined by the superior light of revelation and faith. He can leave reason like a lantern, at the door” (Explanation of Catholic Morals, John H. Stapleton, p. 76).

        Bible Christian – “Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” – Acts 17:11

        Your faith is built upon the whims of sinful men who can’t agree with each other.

        Liked by 1 person

      2. RE: Things are not severe as you think.

        Catholics understandably have a lot to lose if they honestly acknowledge the situation. Your words contradict what I read in the conservative Catholic press. Many conservative cardinals, bishops, priests, and theologians are coming forward and saying Francis IS countermanding doctrines. I suggest you actually read this book and the others I’ve noted rather than continuing to take pot shots in the dark.


      3. Is there a news source that isn’t biased? Do you believe EWTN is untrustworthy? In the NCReg article below, an author of a book critical of Francis states that it is uncharitable NOT to resist and oppose Francis’ “innovations.” Both sides in this controversy battle without the Good News! of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.


  2. Catholics are reaping what they are sowing with their eccesiology. Once proud of their Pope and Councils, we see what has happened when an unbiblical method select a further ungodly man who is titled the “Vicar of Christ…”

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Even though Francis is wonderfully exposing the fallacious claims involving the papacy, the RCC will keep rolling along. No doubt some Catholic apologists will still insist a pope cannot lead the church into error, that the only papal proclamations to be heeded must be ex cathedra, yadda yadda. I’m reminded of Mormonism, which has been absolutely refuted via the of debunking of several historical/doctrinal claims, yet it still rolls along.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Now that the conservative Catholic news sources are starting to openly criticize Francis, some of the “laypeople” will definitely be shaken, and this coming after the pedophile priests and cover-up scandal. I’m praying that souls turn to Christ. But as we mentioned before, in many cases Judas “evangelical” leaders have broken down the barriers and muddied the Gospel. If a Catholic were to go to Rick Warren as just one example with questions about the Gospel, he would send them back to the RCC.

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s