PopeWatch: Petty

One of the hallmarks of the current pontificate is its essential pettiness:

The Knights of Malta say they have suspended historian Henry Sire for allegedly breaching their constitution, following revelations that he is the mysterious author of The Dictator Pope. However, Sire himself maintains the suspension is null and illegal under the Order’s rules.

According to the Order, Sire was notified of the alleged suspension on Wednesday.

Sire’s identity as the author of The Dictator Pope was confirmed on Monday, when Regnery Press posted his name and background on an online description of the book. Sire originally self-published the book under the pseudonym Marcantonio Colonna, a historical figure best remembered for his service as admiral of the papal fleet in the Battle of Lepanto.

On Monday, Sire tweeted from his official Marcantonio Colonna account: “As the French say, l’heure est arrivée. Sometimes a surprise coming-out party is best.”

“I tip my hat to the great Admiral Colonna, whose name I’ve tried to honor,” he added.

Sire released a statement today disputing the Order’s claim to have suspended him. “The proceeding against me (of which I was notified yesterday) is wholly illegal. It has been initiated by the Grand Chancellor, with the consent of the Lieutenant of the Order. 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. 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.”

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  1. I am sure that this pompous pontiff heard about the book “The Dictator Pope,” and in a fit of angry ordered the suspension of Henry Sire as any offended Marxist Peronist Caudillo would. One day God will suspend His Pomposity from the Chair of St. Peter.

  2. Welcome, Henry Sire, God’s infinite mercy is for you and all who write about me. This is included in what I meant by “all situations.” And my pastors will accompany you as you write more about me and those doing my bidding. No one, including my critics, is condemned forever. Let me know your bishop and your parish priest and I will get with them to honor you, hear your confession, learn of your future work, and to see that they joyfully incorporate you into the daily parish and diocesan life. Just let me have your personal phone number and a current address. It would also be very beneficial if you can let us have the names of all who have helped you in your fine writing. They too are to be commended. Jorge Bergoglio, Supreme P

    PS: By any chance have you heard any details about those KGB poisonings in the UK?

    Guy McClung, Texas

  3. And I thought the age of martyrs was over. I’m so glad to see the Holy Spirit is at work. Someday, future Catholics will be reading about this brave man.

  4. Violate the Ten Commandments, violate Holy Scripture, violate Holy Mother the Church, but don’t you dare violate Frank.

  5. I think a large part of their pique is that they couldn’t figure out who wrote it.

    It shows how not-in-command they really are. And another sign of their cack-handedness: retaliation is a surefire way to boost sales, too.

    Still, take note: this is the future they have planned for us–being read out of their church entirely. Which, as they continue to separate themselves from the truth, is just as well.

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