CHURCH MILITANT INTERVIEWS AUTHOR OF DICTATOR POPE  [AND THE CONTROVERSY OVER IT IN THE COMBOX]

CHURCH MILITANT INTERVIEWS AUTHOR OF DICTATOR POPE  [AND THE CONTROVERSY OVER IT IN THE COMBOX]

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by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  April 26, 2018    26 Comments

Henry Sire: The book is an objective analysis, not ‘a personal attack on the pope’

BARCELONA (ChurchMilitant.com) – The author of the much-discussed The Dictator Pope, initially publishing under the pseudonym Marcantonio Colonna, has since revealed his identity: Henry Sire, a knight in the Order of Malta, and a published biographer and historian, author of six other books.

Sire joined Church Militant from Barcelona to offer his views on reaction to his book, his suspension from the Order of Malta, and what Catholics should do in the current crisis in the Church, among other things.

Within days of Sire’s identity being revealed, the Order of Malta announced he was suspended for what it called a “vile attack” on Pope Francis. Sire, however, objects to this characterization.

“It isn’t a vile attack at all,” Sire told Church Militant. “It’s an analysis of Pope Francis on the basis of sources which are not as well known as they ought to be, but there’s nothing in it which is … a personal attack on the pope.”

Sire confirmed he remains suspended from the Order of Malta, but expressed surprise that no further communication has been made.

“I’m surprised not to have received any further documents after the initial documents that I was sent,” he remarked. “I’m not sure whether they intend to proceed with the action against me.”

Sire has contested the legality of the suspension, saying in a March 22 statement to the press that the proceeding was “wholly illegal.

“It has been initiated by the Grand Chancellor, with the consent of the Lieutenant of the Order,” he said at the time. “The laws of the Order stipulate that such a proceeding has to be initiated by my superior, who is the Grand Commander, and he has not been involved.”

“Moreover, the superior has to initiate the process without communicating with the Grand Chancellor,” Sire continued. “These requirements have been comprehensively ignored.”

“It is also ironical that these illegalities have been committed by the Grand Chancellor, who ousted the Grand Master a year ago by protesting at the supposed illegalities of his own suspension,” Sire added.

In January 2017, Fra’ Matthew Festing stepped down as Grand Master of the Order after Pope Francis requested it — an unprecedented act, as the position of Grand Master is one of life tenure. Although no reasons were given for the pope’s request, many understood it to be linked to Festing’s actions in December 2016, when he suspended Grand Chancellor Albrecht von Boeselager for involvement in a condom distribution scandal involving Malteser International, the Order’s charitable arm overseen by von Boeselager.

The affair prompted Cdl. Raymond Burke, former chaplain to the Knights of Malta, to express his sadness over the turn of events.

“I find it profoundly saddening that the grave scandal of the distribution of contraceptives and the advancing secularization of the Order which this immoral action represents are now minimized and, effectively, forgotten,” he commented in May 2017.

Sire covers the entire episode in ThDictator Pope.

When asked what Catholics should do in this time of grave crisis in the Church, Sire told Church Militant, “Catholics definitely need to keep fighting; they need to keep proclaiming doctrinal truth, and they need to make clear to Pope Francis that if he tries to revolutionize doctrine, there will be opposition, for example, what was done with the four cardinals in the case of the dubia.”

The revised and expanded edition of The Dictator Pope was released on April 23 and can be purchased at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

    Michael – The Vatican Curia is a Disgrace – Worse than our White House Swamp because it is Bigger and It Is Supposed to Be Holy!! – It represents The One Holy Catholic Apolistic Church – for God’s Sake! I no longer give to ANY of the Church’s Programs now! How does USCCB Hear Our Voice??

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    God bless Henry Sire!

    Prayers for Cardinal Sarah, our next pope!

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    Great interview! I’m buying the book now…

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    Sire’s book is good but Lost Shepard by Philip F. Lawler is better

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    Oh how the they scurry and protest when the light of truth and facts are shown. These same that protest this open discussion of facts on what motivates this Pope are the same that cheered the scurrilous and reprehensible slanders and relentless disobedience of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. There has been none of that venomous diatribe directed against Pope Francis.

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    Good, bold, brilliant and Godly man. Much needed book. Ordered it online yesterday.

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    My assumption has been that “Church Militant”‘ continues to prohibit gross and unseemly attacks on the Holy Father, but that the events of the last few years have made it a virtual necessity for Mr. Voris to soften his original stance and accept reasoned criticism of the Pope coming from high prelates and learned laymen if the site continues to claim that it is doing serious reporting on the contemporary Church.

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      “CM” itself addresses the matter in another discussion thread under this Sire interview article. (My opinion is that CM is kind of parsing its position on its treatment of Francis.) In general, I share this particular assessment of the matter. I think that CM realizes that in order for it to (rightly, and often pretty stridently) criticize members of the episcopate for things they are saying and doing, or not saying or doing, with nary a mention of their boss, especially when those sayings and doings or negligence are not infrequently defended by those same bishops by (understandably) invoking their boss, it is simply impossible to ignore the Pope. That avoidance would make CM’s important work disintegrated, fundamentally and inescapably, and CM knows that.

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      “NO MAN HAS A GOOD ENOUGH MEMORY TO BE A SUCCESSFULL LIAR”

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      you can avoid the truth for so long; when it’s all out there and so frequent, it is inevitable that it must be reported, else, the flock will go elsewhere for serious reporting

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      From the article (here quoting Sire himself):

      “It isn’t a vile attack at all,” Sire told Church Militant. “It’s an analysis of Pope Francis on the basis of sources which are not as well known as they ought to be, but there’s nothing in it which is … a personal attack on the pope.”

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    How does CM’s promotion of Sire’s book square with Voris’s policy on public criticism of the pope as laid out, for example, in his YouTube video “The Pope is Different”? Sire’s work strikes me as precisely the kind of thing that Voris decried in that video. That’s why I’m at a loss to find the work promoted here. (Perhaps Voris distinguishes between two forms of public criticism, one acceptable and one not?)

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        LG: “I don’t class this as ‘promotion'”

        The column concludes, “The revised and expanded edition of Dictator Pope was released on April 23 and can be purchased at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.”

        That is a promotion. You can’t encourage people to read a book without promoting the book. The two go together. Perhaps CM wants to say it’s only promoting Sire’s work in a certain way (in order to prove CM’s self-consistency). That is fine with me. But then I would ask CM to say what that way is.

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          Church Militant has mentioned the book written by apostate, scandalous Jesuit Father James Martin. Does that, by your definition, qualify as a “promotion”?

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            right, CM has to be fair in giving criticism to all parties, else, it would come off as bias; why should the Pope be an exception and he has done more scandalous deeds than is warranted for a pope. sorry Francis, we’ve tried to cover for you, but you keep on breaking the ‘shield’ that it can no longer be mended

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          They plug or rather mention everybody’s work during interviews. Check out the interview recently with Walter Heyer. That is to name just one.

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            Holly: “They promote everybody.”

            But even if that’s true, why would it be relevant? For me at least, it wouldn’t solve the problem of self-consistency. If Voris believes that public criticism of the pope is wrong (save for some saints), then why promote a book that publicly criticizes the pope? That is basically my question.

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              Camille wrote: “If Voris believes that public criticism of the pope is wrong …”

              You’ve misstated the case. We have never made judgments on what others choose to do as far as legitimate criticism of the pope. We ourselves have decided — for ourselves (not for others) — to refrain from public lambasting of the Vicar of Christ. But what others choose to do is their own business, and they are free to do so — and we are free to report on it.

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                Camille: “If Voris believes that public criticism of the pope is wrong …”
                CM: “You’ve misstated the case.”

                So Voris doesn’t believe that public criticism of the pope is wrong? Voris’s video “The Pope is Different” strikes me as clearly arguing that, in most cases, it is. I’ll have to give the video another try. Thank you, CM, for trying to clarify.

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                  Watch everything he’s written, including the Vortex titled “Razor’s Edge.” He has never said public criticism of the pope is categorically wrong in every case, and we have acknowledged many times that people may offer legitimate criticism of the Holy Father. People are free to do as they wish. How WE choose to proceed is another matter. That does not mean, however, that we will refrain from reporting on world events as they happen. God bless.

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              “It isn’t a vile attack at all,” Sire told Church Militant. “It’s an analysis of Pope Francis on the basis of sources which are not as well known as they ought to be, but there’s nothing in it which is … a personal attack on the pope.” I would say this says much about it all. Could it be that Henry Sire agrees with many of us regarding Amoris Laetitia (the ambiguous parts of AL) and the Liberal issued emanating from the Vatican today?

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      It’s a well-written, well-researched book that objectively lays out the facts and lets the reader draw his own conclusion. The title may seem inflammatory, but the content is not. We agree that characterizing the book as a “vile attack” on the Holy Father is totally off-base. We ourselves are not publishing our own commentary on the pope, nor have we published a book review; we are reporting on another author’s words, letting him speak for himself, and letting people know where they can go to read more.

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      I don’t class this as “promotion” – but rather as reporting. It would be silly to pretend that that the (re)publication of The Dictator Pope isn’t news – at least for orthodox Catholics.

      Promotion would be something like “All Catholics should rush out and get a copy of the book TODAY! If you have to choose between eating this week and buying a copy of The Dictator Pope – Church Militant says ‘Go Hungry!'” 😉

      As for public criticism of Pope Francis…well, we’ve but to look at what happened to Sire…and Cardinal Burke, etc…

      EDIT: Any good article about a book/film/play/television programme should indicate when the work was released – and if/where it is still available.

      As an example, let’s say that an Austrian-born former governor of California decided to stage The Merchant of Venice…the review of said play would always finish by stating where and when one could see it.

      And that would get printed even if the review called the play “The worst thing to happen to Shakespeare since The Globe burned down.” 😁

      Not promotion, but information.

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    Hope to read it. Two Thumbs up on the coverage.

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    The opposition that he has received highlights the fact that he’s right.

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