George Neumayr’s vitally important new book, The Political Pope: How Pope Francis Is Delighting the Liberal Left and Abandoning Conservatives, is a wake-up call for anyone who may have been following the Vatican on mainstream media but hasn’t had time to dig deeper.
In this book the true Pope Francis comes into focus in a way big media doesn’t want anyone to see him. Neumayr reveals the unreported story of who the current pope is, and the heterodox ways he seeks to transform the Catholic Church to his ideological liking. The book is masterfully researched, containing 41 pages of endnotes to its 221 pages of text.
After reading the book, I came away with the thought that perhaps the devil has scored a coup in the Catholic Church. Not that Pope Francis intends to be evil, but rather that he has unintentionally been used like a bishop on the devil’s chess board.
Neumayr details how Francis’s rise to the papacy would never have occurred if left-wing radicals had not been scheming to install Jorge Bergoglio at the Vatican for years. These bishops met annually as the “St. Gallen Group,” but as one of the its architects, Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels, has admitted, the group informally called itself quite fittingly “the Mafia.” Why the Mafia? Well, perhaps because Cardinal Danneels and some of his colleagues seemed rather ruthless, as in their being pro-abortion.
Neumayr traces the St. Gallen Group’s roots back to the Pact of the Catacombs, a secret manifesto signed by socialist bishops in the early 1960s. In the text of the pact, Neumayr writes, “the bishops pledged to politicize the Church for the sake of ushering in the ‘advent of another social order.’” They would do this by “‘request[ing] jointly, at the level of international organisms, the adoption of economic and cultural structures which, instead of producing poor nations in an ever richer world, make it possible for the poor majorities to free themselves from their wretchedness.’” It appears that these socialist bishops have the writings of Karl Marx confused with the teachings of Jesus Christ, but in 2014 retired bishop Luigi Bettazzi, known as the “red bishop” because of his communist views, and the last living signatory of the Pact of the Catacombs, said, “The remembrance of the pact has been revived thanks to the atmosphere Pope Francis has indicated for the whole church to follow.”
Neumayr explains how Pope Francis himself prefers communism to capitalism. While the pope has called capitalism the “dung of the devil,” in the same speech he urged communists, socialists, and leftists to keep “organizing” and not to “lose heart!”
Incidentally, Pope Francis rarely stands up for the unborn, but frequently speaks out about economics. Since he is pope, one would think Francis would be something of an authority on the sanctity of life; he might offer some inspirational words of encouragement to stop abortions. Instead he prefers to rail against capitalism at every turn even though, as Neumayr writes, “Pope Francis has admitted that his knowledge of economics is thin. ‘I don’t understand it very well,’ he once said [in 2015].” Perhaps that is why Francis admonishes “our world” for having air conditioning, and laments that “markets … stimulate ever greater demand” for it.
In contrast Neumayr notes that Pope John Paul II said, “Christ does not condemn a simple possession of material goods. Rather, his most severe words are directed against those who use their riches in an egoistic manner, without preoccupying with their neighbor who lacks the indispensable.”
Pope Francis’s dedication to delegitimizing the previous two popes’ work goes beyond economic theory, and is well documented by the author. Whereas Pope John Paul II — now a Saint — has been credited by many as being as indispensable to winning the Cold War as Ronald Reagan or Margaret Thatcher were, Pope Francis “rolled out the red carpet” for Raul Castro at the Vatican. The pope later visited Cuba for four days where he did not raise the issue of human rights, or visit any dissidents inside or outside of prison, although several were arrested trying to see him at an open-air Mass.
Of the canonization of Pope John Paul II, Neumayr quotes the Catholic Herald: “It was done in such an understated fashion as to come off rather flat, despite the enormous number of bishops who came from all over the world. Pope Francis said next to nothing about John Paul, and nothing about Poland at all, despite the immense number of Poles in Rome.”
Whereas Pope Benedict the XVI called a religious movement dubbed “liberation theology” — which former Soviet KGB spies have admitted to creating in South America — a “singular heresy,” Pope Francis said “liberation theologians” have a “high concept of humanity.” Whereas Benedict had authorized wider use of the traditional Latin Mass, one of Francis’s first actions as pope was to ban certain religious orders within the Church that were enthusiastic about it from celebrating it.
If we could look into his heart, I think Pope Francis would be seen working to advance non-Church teachings on a wide range of issues. George Neumayr suggests as much in a book that is as illuminating as it is distressing.
The pope, like his ruling-class liberal friends in the United States, prefers to introduce radical positions as if he were just interested in exploring them. Some of the issues that Neumayr shows the pope to be interested in probing include population control, environmental radicalism, the primacy of procreation, the Church’s just war doctrine, ordaining women priests, and priestly celibacy.
When Francis eventually gets around to changing official Church doctrine on all or some of these issues, perhaps he will say he has “evolved,” the way Barack Obama said he evolved.
My guess is that the disturbing truth about Pope Francis will alarm Catholics everywhere.
Link to buy book here.