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Marcantonio Colonna's The Dictator Pope has rocked Rome and the entire Catholic Church with its portrait of an authoritarian, manipulative, and politically partisan pontiff. 
Occupying a privileged perch in Rome during the tumultuous first years of Francis' pontificate, Colonna was privy to the shock, dismay, and even panic that the reckless new pope engendered in the Church's most loyal and judicious leaders. 
The Dictator Pope discloses that Father Mario Bergoglio (the future Pope Francis) was so unsuited for ecclesiastical leadership that the head of his own Jesuit order tried to prevent his appointment as a bishop in Argentina. Behind the benign smile of the "People's Pope" Colonna reveals a ruthless autocrat aggressively asserting the powers of the papacy in pursuit of a radical agenda.
©2018 Marcantonio Colonna (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By Gudrun on 05-11-18

Very interesting

At first I was worried that this would be scandalous or sensational, but it was not. I am a Catholic and found it to be insightful and a perspective I am not able to get otherwise. It does not surprise me that the position of pope is one that is steeped in politics. The writing is clear and concise, as is the narration.

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By Birney Bull on 06-20-18

Sad, but it makes the pieces fit together

The premise of this book --- that Pope Francis is, behind the scenes, a petty, South American-style dictator --- seems implausible, maybe even ridiculous, at first blush. Pope Francis? The jolly, smiling, waving, baby-kissing, poor-loving, man-of-the-people, media darling? It can't be! And yet, the evidence it presents, from inside the Vatican, is overwhelming. So many observers of this pontificate (several with impeccable credentials, even "insider" Catholic ones) have tried to stitch together a grand "theme" that animates it, or him, so they can then critique it, and him, as such. Sadly, there really isn't any such grand "theme." The only coherent, internally consistent "theme" to it is plain political pursuit, and retention, of power (and by "political" there, I mean primarily of the personal sort, the temptation to which is ever-present in the Church hierarchy, but also of the mundane governmental sort as well).

As an audiobook, it is excellent, and highly recommend for those interested. As a commentary on the state of the modern Catholic Church? Depressing. But for me, it at least "solves" the puzzle that the Francis pontificate has been.

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By Who Me? on 08-13-18

Facinating

A very stimulating listen that enlightens and fires the mind - very good- I await more

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By Tom on 07-16-18

Great book! a must for all Catholics!

Book that every good meaning catholic should know. An eye opener but who has not already had suspicions. 5 stars all around.

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