Rorate Caeli reminds us that one of the keys to understanding Pope Francis is to look at Argentinian Dictator Juan Peron:
The current situation of ecclesiastical politics might perhaps be better understood by those who have a grasp of three important concepts in Hispanic (Spanish and Spanish-American) political tradition: Caudillismo, an ancient and powerful political concept, system, and idea that is deeply ingrained in the Hispanic mind and experience, regardless of the theoretical political system in place; Caciquismo, a very peculiar and mostly Latin American version of Caudillismo; and the Argentine hazy political sub-concept of Caudillismo and Caciquismo known as Peronismo, which transformed the highly successful Argentine Republic of the early 20th century into what it is today.
Also Mao [Zedong] says this: “The first thing that a man must discern when he leads is to establish clearly who are his friends and who are his enemies.” And to dedicate himself — it’s not Mao who says this, I say it: “To the friend, everything. To the enemy, not even justice!” [Laughter in the background.] Because in these things one cannot have dualities.