That is the true “Francis effect”

That is the true “Francis effect”

[Google translation of Ese es el verdadero “efecto Francisco”; will replace with English translation when and if available]

Sandro Magister – 1/12/18

I receive and publish this “response” to the declaration of the Permanent Commission of the Argentine Episcopate on the occasion of the Pope’s trip to Chile and Peru [Francisco, the Pope of all – Google translation in comment below]. The author is “in need” of resorting to anonymity [For fear of the Bergoglians?].


I am an Argentine, a Roman Catholic believer, and I do not feel represented by this episcopal declaration. What I write certainly does not represent the totality of believers; maybe not even to the majority, but to a large portion, and increasing.

Argentines have a great responsibility to the world and to history: what could have been a privilege and an opportunity has become a burden and a shame. The fact that an Argentine became Pope and the way in which he has exercised this responsibility in these almost five years is something that afflicts us today. His election generated a great expectation and an unprecedented interest of the world on the Church: however, quickly the behavior of Francis became a process of dilapidation, of deconstruction of the life of the Church that thwarted the best expectations.

We know that the media in our country and throughout the world often cease to be privileged witnesses of reality to assume the role of opinion makers, a role that may not be the authentic mission of the journalist, and that, in addition, it is not exercised righteously, it turns them into agents of manipulation and misrepresentation.

However, also in this, Pope Francis has neutralized the favorable attitude towards him that the media had, which in the first moment echoed the sensitive enthusiasm of a large part of the population.

The association of the figure of the Pope with people linked to cultural and social degradation, to systematic criminal practice and to ideologies and behavior contrary to national identity and the integrity of the common good (including its sovereignty) has not been the invention of such means but natural consequence of the same gestures, more forceful than the words of the Pontiff, who likes to play with ambiguities.

The vast majority of the Argentine people have always loved and continue to love the Pope as Vicar of Christ, be it Francis or whoever he may be. And it is because of this love, totally supernatural, that it bears the pain and shame of expressions and attitudes that border on the lack of decorum, and that generate confusion. Just as a father with his deteriorated mental faculties tests the patience and strength of the good children, who continue to honor him, by virtue of the divine mandate, so the believers of all latitudes, but especially the children of this Argentine land, blessed and proven, that he does not renounce his vocation of greatness, he still hopes that the first Argentine and American Pope will rise to the level of gifts received from God.

Meanwhile, he raises flags of questionable social claim if not in substance, yes at least in its expression and its consequences, and encourages confusion in teachings and essential practices of Christianity, distorting and pretending to reconfigure the essence of the Church.

And what makes this behavior more painful and harmful is that Francisco’s words and gestures are usually marked by aggression or mockery, hurting those who have been entrusted to him, and seeking the praise of those who are characterized by their hostility to Christ and his disciples.

Therefore, the next visit of the Pope to the sister nations of Chile and Peru, which leaves once out of his itinerary to the land that saw him born, having already been almost five years since his election, should be an opportunity for a sincere question and reflection: why does not it come? We do not want pretexts. Evasiveness does not last forever. Many Catholics are moving from enthusiasm to disappointment. The weakest in the faith run the risk of moving away from the Church itself: that is the true “Francis effect”. And those who wish to remain faithful suffer the constant tension between their adherence to Christ and the indignation produced by the mania of “surprises” that Pope Francis suffers.

It hurts to say that Francis is getting what he deserves: those who knew him up close in Argentina know he was more feared than loved. “Ostracism” in him is an art, a way of life and a tool of dominion.

Argentines are perhaps having something of what we deserve for our infidelities to God: we have great virtues, but also ways of being that sometimes become great defects.

Therefore, instead of asking Christ and his Mother to give us “what we deserve”, we humbly and confidently ask them to give us “what we need”. Our merits are null, but the Mercy of God, the true Mercy, is infinite. In it we trust, for the good of Pope Francis, of our country and of the whole world.

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One comment on “That is the true “Francis effect”

  1. Francis, the Pope of all

    [Google translation of Francisco, el Papa de todos]


    We Argentines have an enormous privilege, almost five years ago a brother of ours was elected Pope, that is, the highest authority of the Church in the world; for Christians, vicar of Christ on earth. From that moment on, our beloved Pope Francis acquired in all countries a growing prestige and support, and today is an unquestionable global reference for the vast majority of Christians and people of good will.

    In our country, a large part of the media have focused more on minor events and have even identified the Pope with certain political or social figures. Some of them have been clear stating that they do not represent or claim to represent the Pope or the Church. However, this constant association has generated many confusions and justified regrettable distortions of his figure and his words that go as far as insult and defamation.

    The immense majority of the Argentine people love Pope Francis, he does not allow himself to be confused by those who intend to use it, whether pretending to represent it, or attributing imaginary positions to him according to their own sectoral interests. The simple people want to listen to the teachings of the Holy Father, and recognize it by its clear and plain language.

    Accompanying the popular movements in their struggle for land, roof and work is a task that the Church has always done and that the Pope himself openly promotes, inviting us to lend our voices to the causes of the weakest and most excluded. This does not imply in any way that his positions or actions, whether correct or erroneous, are attributed to him.

    Therefore, on the eve of his next visit to the brother nations of Chile and Peru, we want to reiterate that Pope Francis expresses himself in his gestures and words of father and pastor, and through the spokesmen formally designated by him. No one has spoken or can speak in the name of the Pope. His contribution to the reality of our country must be found in his abundant teaching and in his attitudes as a pastor, not in tendentious and partial interpretations that only enlarge the division among Argentines.

    We ardently hope that Pope Francis will be valued and listened to as he deserves and as all Argentines deserve.

    May the Virgin of Luján help us build our country as brothers

    Buenos Aires, January 10, 2018
    Executive Commission of the
    Episcopal Conference of Argentina

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