The Dictator Pope by Marcantonio Colonna

The Dictator Pope

The Inside Story of the Francis PapacyCould Pope Francis be the most tyrannical and unprincipled pontiff in modern times? Yes, says Church historian Marcantonio Colonna, in his controversial yet judicious new book, The Dictator Pope.Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope in 2013 as a liberal and a reformer. In fact, he was neither—except by coincidence. Though he was not well-known within the College of Cardinals that elected hi...

Details The Dictator Pope

TitleThe Dictator Pope
Release DateDec 4th, 2017
GenreReligion, Christianity, Catholic, Politics, Biography, Nonfiction, History

Reviews The Dictator Pope

  • Kevin Estabrook
    I dismissed this book the first time I saw it, thinking it would be biased and slanderous. Reading Mark Lambert's article, titled "Far from Gossip, 'The Dictator Pope' is 'Absolutely Reliable'" changed my mind.Though this book contains one unfortunate fact after another, and though it brought me to my knees on several occasions, I am reminded that the Church has survived "challenging pontificates" in the past and will continue to do so until the ...
  • Theresa Stiner
    How can I say this is a 'good' book? It is a sad book. I believe it, for the most part, to be truthful. While reading it I thanked God for all the holy and saintly popes I have had in my lifetime of 63 years. I guess we were due for a more 'human' and political pope. With this it will be interesting to watch how the Holy Spirit watches over and protects the heart and truth of this one, holy, and apostolic church that the gates of hell will not pr...
  • Joyce Baker
    On my God help us!Could Pope Francis be the Anti Christ! As a 74 old practicing Catholic I am sickened by what I head in in this book. And for the National Register and others not report what going on in the Vatican is a disservice to the church . Read and see what I am talking about. All had been verified by the author.
  • Sean Lancaster
    Disaster His modernist agenda has been exposed, this book puts it in black and white and is a must read for every concerned Catholic.
  • Eduardo
    Where there's smoke there's fireThis is an important book for those Catholics, or not, that are surprised by a book with this title referring to none other then Pope Francis. How can this be? A Pope that has been portrait in the main stream media as noting but a great spiritual leader and reformer?If your trust in the track record of the traditional media ability to guive us unbious reports of people and events has not been shaken in the last wh...
  • Benedict
    This is a far from perfect book, contains no groundbreaking information on the current Holy Father, and would seem to overreach on certain points, but it is a decent summary of many of the things about Papa Bergoglio that have given, and continue to give, many Catholics of all stripes some pause. UPDATE: I have much more esteem for this book now after reading the book on the Pope by Ross Douthat. Colonna, or rather H.J.A. Sire, has done a far job...
  • Jason
    My confusion about Pope Francis has cleared up after having reading this book.
  • Christopher Blosser
    The author's name, "Marcantonio Colonna", is a pseudonym. Having finished the book, particularly the stunning accounts of Francis' vindictiveness and the fate of those who have crossed him -- it occurs to me that the author was wise to write under a pseudonym. (According to the LifeSite news exclusive interview, the real Marcantonio Colonna was born in 1535, an Italian aristocrat who served as a Viceroy of Sicily, best remembered for his service ...
  • Eoghan Rua
    The intrigues of the Bergoglio Papacy are laid out quite well here in this book by English historian Henry Sire and what is revealed behind the public mask of humility is the quite thuggish behind closed doors reality of Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Sire writes from a conservative Catholic view and that should be kept in mind.Sire's claim that Bergoglio is a Papal equivelent of Juan Perón, is, I think, a little unfair to Perón who was by any measure ...
  • Vincent
    Based on this book, it looks like the problems which the Vatican are facing right now will continue into the foreseeable future. In that sense, this book helped me temper my expectations. We know there's a lot of moving parts in the Vatican. But in the book, it is very tough keeping track of everyone. A lot of names that you'll hear once, and never again. The author traces the absolutely extraordinary sequence of events that had to transpire in o...
  • Joseph Raborg
    This is a great work for understanding some of the corruption surrounding the Vatican. It's very current and describes scandals extending into 2017. Essentially, Pope Francis places too much trust in the more liberal clergy, even though these same people are rather unsavory. Not all liberal clergy, mind you, but the ones with Pope Francis' ear.
  • peter brock
    I highly recommend this book, especially to my fellow Catholics. It exposes the utter corruption of the Vatican hierarchy and a feckless dangerous Pope and his questionable progress from ordination to the present. It demonstrates the epitome of Gresham’s Law regarding morals and money of the charlatans in the Vatican who disgrace the Catholic Church. This is compounded by the hierarchy around the world who can not be ignorant of the situation i...
  • James
    A particularly damning book from a conservative Roman Catholic scholar (Henry Sire under the pen name Marcantonio Colonna).Pope Francis is depicted as, behind closed doors, a dictator more interested in power than religion and quite prepared to use it 'to do down' those perceived as his enemies. A man not interested in tackling the moral and financial problems of the Vatican and Roman Catholic church: one for whom'zero tolerance' is a slogan to a...
  • rebecca
  • Julie Kos
    Really need to know this!If only that this information will inspire you to pray more for Holy Mother Church and her priests, bishops and pope,you need to read this book. Things are beginning to change and you need to understand why.
  • Nathan Albright
    It took a while for this book to get to me, and it was one I was eagerly waiting for.  For odd reasons I do not entirely understand, I frequently engage in social media conversations with traditionalist Catholics whose political and moral worldview is very similar to my own, and within that community this book is a vitally important one as it demonstrates the disconnect between the contemporary Catholic hierarchy and the ordinary and decent body...
  • Brian Murphy
    When I first saw this book I was absolutely opposed to reading it. I figured it was some "rad trad" conspiracy theory. I'm sure there's plenty of people that probably think it is. Part of me hopes that it still is...I wouldn't have called myself a fan of Pope Francis, but I generally liked him and figured he was at least a good man. I tried to read everything he did and said charitably in light of the Church's tradition. However, as time as gone ...
  • Linda Edmonds cerullo
    This Pope is a fraud. While I'm not a Catholic, I married into a Catholic family. I always found it curious how intelligent people could look to a fallible man for direction. While the RCC claims it is "One, True and Holy" it is anything but. It changes constantly. God does not change, nor do his laws. As the world seemed to rejoice that a new Jesuit, liberal pope was selected, I was skeptical. I'm not sure why anyone would think that if an insti...
  • Erick
    After reading the book I could tell that it would tried to explain the leadership of the pope in the light of the journalism and the news, according to the author the actual papacy has been very supportive on liberal views and very punishing on conservative and traditional views.The books reflects on various "hot" topics of the catholic church, one of them is the Synod of the Family where the catholic teaching was supposedly attack by the pope ac...
  • Michael Shurtleff
    This book is far from a screeching character assassination. It is also not good bedtime reading, unless George Orwell relaxes you and you fall asleep listening to the soothing tones of a high speed train wreck. But you will close this book with a better understanding of Pope Francis than when you opened it. Many of the things that have left me scratching my head in recent months make perfect, clear sense now. I saw the McCarrick Scandal foreshado...
  • David
    A good summary of the past five years in Francis' papacy. The reason for my three-star rating is two-fold: primarily because it's a journalistic book and I don't think it is a good idea to compare it to towering works of literature or philosophical masterpieces; secondarily because I think it was a bit too much of a summary in certain areas. It felt like it presumed knowledge where perhaps it shouldn't have.
  • Matt
    From those innocent days when the worst scandal in the Vatican was the possibility that it might have funneled money to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. One of a very few books about the Catholic Church that retains its relevance in the post-McCarrick era.
  • Joshua
    A little time has really vindicated and confirmed what Henry Sire (the author's real name) has written here. The contents of the book are by and large a presentation of facts, not simply rhetoric. Highly recommended.
  • Maurisa Mayerle
    Very quick and eye opening read. Over the years my opinion of Pope Francis has soured. I’ve heard of many of the issues addressed in this book but when one reads it all in one place it is truly shocking.
  • satu
    The truth can set one free ,if he knows it's the truth! Each ,time I read more i was offering prayer for mercy and conversion .For courage fortitude ,for the white martyrs of persrcution..
  • Jason Mitchell
    The sooner the Church removes this fool the better for the world.
  • Nick
    Good perspective on the state of our Church. There is a lot to be gained from reading this book.
  • Z chirban
    Only read if you want to be further enlightened about the 266th pope and the ongoing covering-up of the corrupt bureaucracy that the Catholic Church has become. Sad.
  • Guy
    Don’t often give up on a book, but I did with this one. Never did trust this Pope though.
  • Daniel Stanley
    Mind boggling.The cast of characters is hard to follow, but the ideas are scary.