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Will Pope Francis be a Reformer?

May 13, 2013

Buenos Aires resident Adrian Salbuchi
has watched the former Archbishop Bergoglio for decades.
Salbuchi finds both hopeful and worrisome signs.


Francis makes an interesting list of Catholic Church "firsts": the first non-European pope; the first Jesuit; the first to choose Francis as his name; the first to succeed an abdicating pope in six centuries. Will he also be the first Pope in decades to reform the church?

by Adrian Salbuchi
"Opposition Cardinal" in Argentina
(excerpted from New Dawn, Jan-Feb 2013)

As Archbishop of Buenos Aires,
Bergoglio championed the plight of the poor in a very hands-on manner, which set him at loggerheads with the now ten-year-old increasingly left-wing Nestor and Cristina Kirchner Regime.  His criticism of their failed government got stronger as the years went by, specifically targeting the Kirchner's corruption, political mismanagement and hypocrisy. 

kircher.jpgSince Msgr. Bergoglio would persistently lash out at the Kirchners during the solemnities of the Te Deum marking the anniversary of Argentina's 25 May 1810 Revolution in Buenos Aires Cathedral, traditionally attended by the President, his family and cabinet, starting in 2005 the Kirchners decided to celebrate this anniversary elsewhere in the country to avoid Msgr. Bergoglio. In fact, President Cristina Kirchner refused to meet with him over the past three years... until now, obviously!

Though a moderate in many aspects - especially in his drive for Ecumenical inter-faith relations (he is very much liked by Israel and Argentina's powerful Jewish community), and in his embracing of Second Vatican Council reforms - he has however systematically opposed same-sex marriage which became legal in Argentina in 2011, and strongly opposes abortion laws that are being promoted locally by both the left and the "liberal" right...

Msgr. Bergoglio is an ardent devotee of the Blessed Virgin Mary whose protection he invoked in his very first message urbi et orbi.  The first place he went to pray as pope was Her Chapel at Santa Maria Maggiore where he promptly kicked out Cardinal Bernard Law from the US, one of the bishops associated with covering up child abuse cases which ended up costing the Church hundreds of millions of dollars in US Courts.

The local left also speak of his alleged involvement in the crimes of Argentina's civilian-military regimen from 1976 to 1983, a false and totally unsubstantiated accusation pointing to the Kirchner government's extreme uneasiness with the new pope.


As a sign of times to come, Francis is also the first pope in history to choose a name that honours one of Christendom's most important saints: Saint Francis of Assisi, a 13th century reformer who preached by setting the example for all.

Although of a wealthy family, Saint Francis chose to live in poverty and austerity telling his followers that a good Christian's duty is to "Preach the Gospel always, if necessary use words"; meaning thereby that the best preachers are those setting the best examples, something the Church seems to have increasingly forgotten in modern times.

Saint Francis founded the Franciscan Order and its female counterpart founded by his spiritual sister St. Claire, both of which made poverty vows.  His preaching got him into trouble with local secular and Church authorities even landing him in jail.   As today, the Church during St. Francis's time was very much in need of a major internal clean-up.   Francis of Assisi reproached the pope in front of all his cardinals for their excessive attachment to luxury, their banality and mundane ways.  Later, Pope Innocent III would finally approve his predication and approved the founding of the Franciscan Order.

So, will Pope Francis do as his spiritual predecessor and wage a veritable war for greater austerity inside the Church, requiring its highest authorities to set the example, both inside and outside the Church? 
Will he really do something about all the prelates involved in proven sexual misconduct, cutting them off fully and completely from the Church, and not just "transferring" them away to some quiet place hoping their immoralities and perversion will just go away, as if by magic?
Will Francis fully and thoroughly clean up the Vatican Bank (Institute of Religious Works) forcing it to cancel shady financial deals, reject usury-based financial income, and put its monetary wealth to work for the poor?
Again, will he identify and weed out the truly guilty of such crimes and perversion, severing all Church ties with them?

In short, will Francis do something that none of his predecessors seems to have had the courage and will to do over the past fifty years, which is to stop sweeping all this ugliness under the carpet, but rather cleaning the place up for real?  That all remains to be seen...


But we're not really sure whether Msgr. Bergoglio chose his papal name only because of the Saint from Assisi.  It may have been to honour other Francis's like St. Francis Javier, or even 16th century St. Francis de Borja both of whom were, like himself, Jesuits. 

The Jesuits - The Society of Jesus - are a 16th Century order founded by Spaniard St. Ignace of Loyola as a militia to defend the Church against the forces of reformation and other dangers to the Faith.  The Jesuit's strong-willed militancy got them expelled several times from the American colonies and also from Europe.  Even the Church itself suppressed them.
They have a highly autonomous leadership under its Superior General whom many refer to as the "Black Pope" alluding to both the color of their robe as well the Order's great leverage inside the Church.  Jesuits are known for being shrewd and sharp intellectuals with a keen sense for political and social strategy, and a very strong will to promote and drive their goals and objectives.
Nicolas.jpgToday's Jesuit Superior General, Adolfo Nicolás, allegedly forms part of the "Committee of 300" who are said to be the Illuminati's upper echelon running things on planet Earth.  Since Jorge Bergoglio/Francis is a Jesuit, one wonders whether or not he owes obedience to his Superior General.  In other words, will the supreme authority in the Church be a white or a black Pope?

Perhaps Msgr. Bergoglio is honoring all of these Francis's. But the one that has caught the Catholic world's imagination is clearly St Francis of Assisi, in which case much will be expected of Pope Francis.  No pope - until now - had ever chosen that name which many perceive as emblematic of a key enemy of certain castes of mischief-makers inside the Vatican.

Adrian Salbuchi is a political analyst, author, speaker and radio/TV commentator in Argentina.

First Comment by Dan:

A generally balanced article, except the writer shows an odd lack of knowledge about Jesuit history and the Papacy to even ask this question,
Salbuchi - "Since Jorge Bergoglio/Francis is a Jesuit, one wonders whether or not he owes obedience to his Superior General."

That's like asking "is the Pope Catholic"? People who only know Catholic hierarchy from reading "Vatican Assassins" are under the wrong impression that the "Black Pope" (ooooooooooo!) is the real boss of the Vatican.   No, the Holy See - the Office of Peter - trumps all the bishops, cardinals, mafiosos and major domos -- it even trumps the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, that American bastion of octogenarian  radical feminist nuns.

The Church isn't exactly a government like Britain or the United States.  The Pope's authority is in matters of Church doctrines and dogma.   The "CEO" authority of running the Vatican and global organization is delegated to the Secretariat of State, a cardinal.   He's what Americans think of as 'boss'.  There are no equivalents of what the Pope is in secular culture.  He's like the Dalai Lama, the leader of one of the world's major religions, with a billion members.

There is no human office or authority above the Pope in the Catholic hierarchy.  He has the power to remove cardinals, bishops.  He can shut down orders and departments.   The question is, will Francis actually use that authority?  

Well, he hasn't used it yet.   And if he follows the example set by the the last two popes, they never seriously tested or challenged the bishops to obey a direct Papal order: they never gave one.  Bishops in their own diocese have been doing pretty much as they please since the 1960's. 

Let's backtrack to Benedict's resignation 4 months ago.  Remember "VATILEAKS"?  Flashback to early 2012, when..
1.  the Pope's butler Paolo Gabriele was arrested in possession of confidential Vatican correspondence. 
2.  Months later, shortly before Benedict's resignation, the leather bound dossier of the investigation was presented to Pope Benedict. 
3. Benedict's last official act was locking the unopened dossier in the Papal safe with instructions "for the Pope's eyes only" to be opened by the new Pope,

That would be Pope Francis.   We've heard nothing further about this since February 25th.

Vatican rumors said Vatileaks revealed that the high level homosexual network in the Church had been the target of blackmail all along.  It was they who compromised the Church to it's enemies for decades.   It was speculated that the physically fading Josef Ratzinger stepped down so a fresh horse could take on the arduous task of removing 5 cardinals, 10 Archbishops, and 20 bishops world wide.  Benedict XVI fired the Archbishop of Scotland shortly before his exit.

But since then, nothing's happened.  Speculation is a wasted motion at this point.  We're waiting for something definite to happen.  

'Vatileaks' 2012

Results of 'Vatileaks' Probe For 'Pope's Eyes Only'

Scruples - the game of moral dillemas

Comments for "Will Pope Francis be a Reformer? "

C said (May 15, 2013):

As a practicing Catholic, I strenuously object to your description of Mr. Bergoglio as "Pope." Mr. Bergoglio may be the "Pope" of the New Church, but he is not and never will be Pope of the True Church founded by Jesus Christ, the Catholic Church.

Mr. Bergoglio can never be Pope because:

1) he is not Catholic, having publicly denied the faith many times

2) has not been ordained as a Catholic priest.

3) has not been consecrated as a Catholic bishop. He was installed, the term used by the New Church.

4) has not been consecrated as Pope. He was installed.

5) the Papacy is an elected monarchy. Bergoglio has not and will never be crowned pope, use a throne, use the "royal we" as Popes do, does not live in the Papal Apartments, and still goes by the name of Bergoglio.

6) he is not ordained to offer the True Mass, hear Confessions, witness the Sacrament of Matrimony, and offer Extreme Unction (the "last rites").

In addition, Mr. Bergoglio turned his own antipriests over to the Argentinian military junta for torture, supports "gay marriage" and adoption, and plans to further corrupt and destroy what is left of the New Church. See
Commentaries March, April, and May 2013.

The proper term for Mr. Bergoglio is "antipope," a pope who is elected against the laws of the church. Mr. Bergoglio is a fraud, a usurper, and ought to be denounced as such. It is an insult to the memory of St. Francis of Assisi to use the name Francis associated with such a despicable and public scoundrel.

P said (May 15, 2013):

I say not.....The One True Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church is in eclipse....The Vatican...The Hierarchy has been infiltrated and corrupted.....Masons, Satanists..Modernists...Feminists, Liberals...The Church and True Militia will never be defeated...However....One must find the True Church and adhere to the True Doctrine of Faith.....The "pope" and that remains a a puppet....has not been a factor of strength in 40 years or more....

Jo said (May 15, 2013):

He is a Jesuit, took his name after Xavier not Assisi.......

Maria said (May 14, 2013):

Hi Henry,

FRANCIS,the last Pope according to St Malaquías predictions.The further pope,Benedict XVI: "De Gloria Olivae",as a benedictine, the olive was his symbol.

Now,Is Francis the pope actually de last one?
St Malaquías predicted the last pope as:
"Petrus Romanus".
I fact, Francis of Assisi´s real name wasn´t so.

"St. Francis of Assisi (Italian: San Francesco d'Assisi, born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, but nicknamed Francesco ("the Frenchman") by his father. (
So,the new pope Bergoglio,took his name from St Francis of Assisi,who was PETRUS (Pietro) and ROMANUS as St Francis belonged to the "COUNTRY OF ROME".

I think it´s everything clear now.

This man´s job is no doubt the hardest one in Vatican´s history: Return to the Christ church,humble and poor, as it was 2000 years ago.
I won´t be an easy issue to fight demoniac power outside and inside the Vatican.

Joe said (May 14, 2013):

The Catholic Church was prodding along in Her usual besotted way until the Church was totally usurped in Oct 1958. Read Bella Dodd and Maurice Pinay. They both write about the Communist takeover of the Church.

The last true pope was Pope Pius XII. More about Pope Pius, the Pope during World War Two :

A video of Pope Pius during the war years. A 3 part video. I link to Part 3 : "Martyrs and Occupation"

For Catholic readers who miss the pre-Vatican II Church ; "The Art and Beauty of Traditional Catholicism" :

The collective rejection of The Faith in the 20th century left a gaping void in the Church. That void was quickly filled by Communists and Satanists of all stripes.

Peter said (May 14, 2013):

The question is mainly for those
who don't know the history of the Vatican, who lacks the knowledge and understanding of the bible. The Vatican can never be reformed in anyway. They are sets of gangsters and occult men. They serve Satan their father. They are not Christians and they don't believe in Jesus.

The Vatican is fulfilling the negative prophecies in the bible. Their plan is to unite with other religions to form a one world religion, thats why they forming allegiance with Islam, and other religions. Their aim is to become the renewed roman power of the world to establish one world government in other to destroy Christianity off the face of the earth. Vatican is the one described in the book of revelation as the Harlot woman drunk with the blood of the saints, but unfortunately most catholic members are yet to realise this. Pls read below.

Revelation 17:5-9 KJV. "And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH . [6] And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. [7] And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. [8] The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. [9] And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth."

If look closely, you discover that the Vatican is sitting on seven mountains. The woman represent the catholic as the Harlot church(the abomination of the earth). The Vatican also in history killed so many believers in Jesus.

Revelation 17:6. "And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus..."

They are evil!

JJ said (May 13, 2013):

Real reform for the well-being, spiritual and temporal, for the people of the world is not possible with Msgr. Bergaglio until he rejects the antichrist Vatican II Council and the so called new mass which is no Mass at all.

In the Roman Rite, the Sacrifice of Christ has been destroyed ("The traditional Roman Rite more than 1000 years old has been destroyed." - Msgr Klaus Gamber; Vatican II is the French Revolution in the Church." - Cardinal Suenens; "The Roman Rite we used to know exists no more. It has been destroyed." - Joseph Gelineau, S.J.)
resulting in no sacramental grace (Divine life) for the people except for the Orthodox and a few, not all, Eastern Catholic rites.

I remember seeing the headlines on a Saturday New York Times front page saying that John Paul I, besides being determined to clean up the Vatican Bank and remove the Secretariat of State, had decided to reinstate the Apostolic Canonized Latin Mass. A few days later he was dead.

Before he was murdered, he had contacted Rev Gommar DePauw, American Doctor of Canon Law, to implement this reinstatement. The Gates of Hell shall not prevail. "The Holy Tridentine Mass will return again upon the altars and all the modernists will be punished by Christ. Christ and the Cross will be victorious" (Wladyslaw Biernacki, visionary, adviser to Polish bishops).

Henry Makow received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Toronto in 1982. He welcomes your comments at