The Dictator Pope: The Inside Story of the Francis Papacy

Narrated by: Chris Abell
Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
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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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Riveting true story

This book is extremely well written, well presented, and I will listen to it again as it is written with no extra words and contains an incredible amount of information.

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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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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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Narrator kept pronouncing "prelate" to rhyme with

"free-plate" instead of the standard American "yell-it" and it set my teeth on edge each time so I bailed about 40 minutes in. It's just me, I know. :( I'll return this and read a hard copy instead.

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Sad Day for the Catholic Church

Through trickery and plotting, Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis. This was not divine intervention, but rather human. This pope will cause the church to split again, and I think this is where we're heading. Please resign, Pope Francis. You are not an example of a good Catholic, let alone a good person. I could do a better job and I have zero experience.

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Fantastic!

A must-read for any serious Catholic. Can not recommend it enough. Cut through the spin and find the truth with Dictator Pope!

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  • 04-23-19

Narration minimum standard is correct pronunciation.

In a book about Roman Catholic hierarchy, correct pronunciation of the word “prelate” would seem required. Sadly, it is mispronounced throughout.

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Important and Informative

This book places the current papacy in historical context and provides lots of background information about Pope Francis early life, and priesthood prior to his election to Pope in 2013. Helped me to learn about the many members of his closest advisors in his Council of Cardinals, as well as some of the workings of the Vatican. It made me more curious to learn and study beyond the contents of this book. It also explored some of the ambiguity in the language used by Pope Francis and and post synodal documents he has authorized. Provided an excellent discussion around the type of reform Pope Francis wishes to bring while he is the "Bishop of Rome", as he likes to be called. Highly recommended reading.

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interesting information, wrong conclusions

I think that the book has great information. I believe that the interpretation that Francis is the master pulling the strings is inconsistent with the skill-set Francis has demonstrated. It is Pietro Parolin, who is more likely to be playing things, he is far more cunning. I also don't buy the Hillary Clinton election thing - a 1.2 billion campaign didn't need the help of the the Vatican. I wonder if the information was actually planted by someone trying to tie Francis-skepticism to right-wing American politics. you can't trust all informants. Of course, I have the benefit of more events than the author had at the time, but Parolin's supremacy is demonstrated in how, he, and not Angelo Becciu survived the past year.

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Excellent

Colonna writes thoroughly, and Abell reads fluidly this incredibly provocative story of a pope we had initially assumed to be a Pope for the people, I highly recommend this!

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  • Who Me?
  • 08-13-18

Facinating

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

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  • Anthony Wood
  • 10-11-18

Insightful

Well researched and supported exposé of the Pope's background and how it is influencing his papacy.

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  • 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.