Who put the blot on the Pope Francis resume? The worldwide Jesuit superior, that’s who.

It was in 1991, when the archbishop of Buenos Aires picked the then mere Jesuit, languishing in the Jesuit doghouse, to be his auxiliary bishop.

Since Father Bergoglio, as a Jesuit, would need a dispensation [from his Jesuit obligations] to be appointed, it was necessary to obtain a report from his order, for which Cardinal [Archbishop] Quarracino applied in 1991.

It was provided by the Jesuit General, and it represents the most damning character study of Jorge Bergoglio composed by anyone before his election as Pope.

The text of the report has never been made public, but the following account is given by a priest who had access to it before it disappeared from the Jesuit archive: Father [General] Kolvenbach accused Bergoglio of a series of defects, ranging from habitual use of vulgar language to deviousness, disobedience concealed under a mask of humility, and lack of psychological balance; with a view to his suitability as a future bishop, the report pointed out that he had been a divisive figure as Provincial of his own order.

Colonna, Marcantonio. The Dictator Pope (Kindle Locations 450-456). Kindle Edition.

The text never made public?

It is not surprising that, on being elected Pope, Francis made efforts to get his hands on the existing copies of the document, and the original filed in the official Jesuit archives in Rome has disappeared.

Colonna, Marcantonio. The Dictator Pope (Kindle Locations 456-457). Kindle Edition.

Oh my.

But it turned out, the general’s devastating non-recommendation didn’t matter.

Cardinal Quarracino, however, was determined to have Bergoglio as bishop and, although it took him a special audience with Pope John Paul II, he got his way. In 1992

Father Bergoglio was duly appointed one of the several auxiliary bishops of Buenos Aires. In that office, he followed the line of his Archbishop, who was regarded as being on the right of the Church, in the populist style of John Paul II.

The new hierarchical career which Quarracino’s intervention had opened up for him was not long in blossoming. In 1997 Bishop Bergoglio was granted the right of succession, and the following year, on Cardinal Quarracino’s death, he became Archbishop of Buenos Aires; his appointment was at that time welcomed in conservative sectors.

Colonna, Marcantonio. The Dictator Pope (Kindle Locations 461-466). Kindle Edition.

A champion of the right. What do you know? Three years later, he was a cardinal, and his once-stalled career went into high gear.

For the book, available only as Kindle, go here: https://www.amazon.com/Dictator-Pope-Marcantonio-Colonna-ebook/dp/B077SP6SSR

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