Habemus papam? Guess again
(Note: although some of its content has been somewhat superseded by today's events, those of you who haven't already listened to it might still be interested to hear an 80-minute interview I did on March 2 entitled "The Next 'Pope': New Springtime for the Vatican II Church, or Nuclear Winter?" The audio recording of the interview can be heard at www.isoc.ws through the end of March; it will be replaced by a new recording in April discussing in detail the past and future career of the man elected today.)
Shortly before 8:30 pm (Rome time) this evening, a man dressed in white robes emerged onto the famous balcony of St. Peter's Basilica and was hailed by the vast and eager throng filling the square as the newly-elected successor to Benedict XVI.
The man was Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Now calling himself Francis I -- a brilliant move, as I'll explain in a greatly expanded version of this essay I hope to post tomorrow, or the next day -- he stood forth to introduce himself to the world as the ecclesial result of the white smoke that had emanated from the Sistine chapel a little over an hour earlier; that smoke had signaled that the afternoon's conclave had chosen the new head of the Vatican II church. As is customary, he now addressed the crowd from the balcony and then (after democratically asking for their blessing) gave them his first public "papal" benediction.
(For any newcomers to this website, the reason the word "papal," and the word "pope" in the next paragraph, are in inverted commas will become apparent in the remarks that follow.)
That Bergoglio is the first Latin American "pope" (in fact, the first "pope" from anywhere in the entire western hemisphere) and the first Jesuit "pope" pales into insignificance compared to two highly stunning details of his curriculum vitae that I guarantee you won't learn from the media coverage of this history-making event; I'll share those two details, along with many others, in the aforementioned expanded version of this post in the next day or two.
I will never forget my amazement in April 2005 when two of my traditionalist friends (and former colleagues) reported that they wept tears of joy in St. Peter's Square when Joseph Ratzinger's election as Benedict XVI was announced.
And I am even more amazed that many self-styled traditionalists think that the replacement of Benedict XVI with Francis I will make any helpful difference in the current crisis.
Regardless of whatever doctrinal or liturgical differences between himself and Benedict XVI this man may manifest in the coming days (and Francis I has one more strike against him than even Benedict XVI had, as I'll explain in my expanded essay here tomorrow or Friday), this simple fact remains: the deep-seated and destructive cancer growing at the heart of the Vatican II church cannot be addressed, let alone resolved, simply by changing the man at the top of this pernicious pyramid.
The deception of the end times (predicted in Sacred Scripture and other Catholic prophecies) only deepens, as we move into what could quite possibly be its final phase. I hope to prove this in a public talk I'll be giving, at least in New Jersey and New York City (and possibly elsewhere in the US, funds permitting) right after Easter. (Check back here next week for dates and locations.)
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Please tune in here during the next day or two for a much expanded version of this brief essay.
All you sainted popes of the past, pray for us!
Yours in the classic Catholic Faith,