Truly, the world is thoroughly enamoured with Pope Francis. Whether it is on television, the radio, Internet news sites, or YouTube videos, Pope Francis is presented as the likeable hero of the day. What most people do not know is the stage on which Francis performs. Without the papal platform, Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina would be unknown to most people in the world. The papal system stands unrivalled as a monolithic, institutional, religious system throughout the world, yet it appears friendly and inviting. The Papacy has immense wealth, worldwide dominion, and dictates its faith to millions. As the largest organization on earth, it shows superb skill in its many endeavors. The papal system is an elitist, priestly, bureaucratic machine. It is so powerful that even the Pope himself must conform to its rule or face the consequences. An example of this is what appeared to have been themurder of Pope John Paul I (Albino Luciani) in September 1978, only 33 days after his election.1 At that time the Catholic news service Zenit, reported that Cardinal Ratzinger said, “his death was totally unexpected. John Paul I seemed to enjoy good health.” Ratzinger would also have known of the abnormal deaths of other popes. For example, the many alleged murders of popes include Stephen VII (896–897) strangled; Stephen IX (939–942) mutilated; John XII (955–964) murdered; Benedict VI (973–974) strangled; John XIV (983–984) starved to death or directly murdered; Gregory V (996–999) poisoned; Clement II (1046–1047) poisoned; Damasus II (1048) murdered; Pope Pius XI assassinated. Later, in 2013, Ratzinger, then Pope Benedict XVI, appeared to have been forced to resign.
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