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Conspiracy Theories Behind Pope Francis’s Election


Barbie Latza Nadeau

Mar 14, 2013 12:39 PM EDT

Backstabbing! Secret deals! Holy grudges! Rumors are flying about how Pope Francis really got elected. Barbie Latza Nadeau reports from Rome on who's feeling snubbed.

Even before the white smoke had settled in St. Peter’s square after the election of Pope Francis on
Wednesday night, rumors were already swirling around Rome about what
really happened inside the Sistine Chapel during the super-secret
conclave. As the mainstream press wrote profiles of
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio and his journey to the papacy, Vatican
experts were whispering about backstabbing and secret deals that went
down under Michelangelo’s frescoed ceiling.

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Cardinals stand on a balcony while Argentine Cardinal Jorge
Bergoglio (not pictured), elected Pope Francis I appears at the window
of St Peter's Basilica's balcony, near a statue of St Peter, after being
elected the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church on March 13, 2013
at the Vatican. (Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty)

On Thursday morning, Italians woke to screaming headlines about betrayals and dietrologia,
a popular Italian phrase for conspiracy theories about what’s really
going on behind the scenes. The most popular theory as to why Bergoglio
was elected was put forward by La Stampa’s esteemed Vaticanista
Giacomo Galeazzi, who wrote that Italian frontrunner Angelo Scola was
“betrayed by his countrymen on the first vote.” According to Galeazzi,
the top Italian cardinals in the Roman Curia held “grudges” against
Scola and undermined his chances of winning in the first round. Namely,
according to Galeazzi, Vatican secretary of State Tarciso Bertone and
the Dean of the College of Cardinals, Angelo Sodano, were “ridiculously
hostile” towards Scola, who they saw as a threat to their power.
Citing an unnamed source, Galeazzi says Scola was banned because of
“ancient jealousies and rivalries.”

The Vaticanista from Corriere Della Sera,
Massimo Franco, instead theorized that Bergoglio’s win was a compromise
to give a nod to the strength of the Latin American faithful and show
that the Vatican was willing to at least try out someone from another
part of the world. At the same time, the election of Bergoglio, whose
father was an Italian immigrant to Argentia, pacified those who wanted
either a European or Italian pope. Another front-runner, Odilo Scherer
from Brazil, reportedly did not do well at all in balloting. As the
Brazilian-born son of German immigrants, Franco says he was too much of a
carbon copy of Benedict .
And two German popes in a row would surely not sit well with Italians,
whose anti-German sentiment has been underscored by the recent European
financial crisis in which Italy is seen as the weak underdog to
Germany’s strong economy. At the age of 76, the Francis papacy won’t
last decades, so giving the job to a Latin American could be considered a
“trial run” to see how it works. Franco also wrote that his sources
hinted that a deal was made in which Scola would instead be given the
secretariat of state portfolio, effectively giving him the task of doing
the dirty work of reforming the Roman curia without the reward of a

Twitter reacts to Pope Francis's elevation.

rumor floating around Rome is that the cardinals who had wanted
Bergoglio, who was a runner-up to Joseph Ratzinger in 2005, finally got
their way. And that Bergoglio’s supporters had held a grudge of sorts
during Benedict’s eight-year reign and were hell-bent on putting their
man in the papacy.

more sources who allegedly spilled the secrets of the Sistine Chapel
said the strong American bloc supported Bergoglio because he was “of the
Americas” and represented a geographic region that has yet to be
represented in Rome. The Americans reportedly also liked the fact that
he is virtually untouched by the scandals that have rocked the church,
which means he has a better chance of cleaning house once he is
installed in the Holy See. Of course, he has his own baggage
to bear with--allegations that he was a bit player in Argentina’s
“dirty wars”--but his name has never been affiliated with either the
predatory priest child abuse cases or Vatileaks , which have cast dark clouds over the church’s credibility.

fact, one of the first orders of business Francis will have to deal
with is just what to do about the red-covered two-volume report
commissioned by Benedict to investigate the source of the documents
leaked by his butler to an Italian journalist last year. Unlike so many
cardinals in the conclave, Francis won’t find any reference to his own
wrongdoings in the dossier. Instead, he is expected to make major
changes in the way the Church does business, which could prove
unfavorable to many prelates in power. And if Francis’s actions during
his first 24 hours as pope are any indication, he is planning to buck
the status quo. After his appearance on the balcony of St. Peter’s
basilica, he refused to be held above his peers. Instead of taking the
special papal car with Vatican plates from the Sistine Chapel to the
Santa Marta commune, where the cardinals were cloistered during the
conclave, he shunned the private vehicle and rode back in the shuttle
bus with the rest of the cardinals. When he received the cardinals in
the Sistine chapel, he refused to sit in the throne, but instead stood
as all 114 cardinals congratulated him. And when he went to his titular
church in Rome to pray on Thursday morning, he again rode in an
ordinary car instead of the papal limo. After mass, he stopped by the
priests’ house where he had stayed before the conclave to pick up his
luggage pay his bill. No doubt, as pope, he could have had someone take
care of those pesky details for him, but he said he did it himself to
“set an example.”

perhaps the most telling tale to come out of the conclave is from the
post-election dinner on Wednesday night. According to the Vatican
spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, his fellow cardinals toasted him and
applauded his papacy. He then thanked them and, raising his own glass,
joked, “May God forgive you for what you have done.” No doubt several
cardinals who will be most affected by a thorough curial housecleaning
were thinking the same thing.

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Barbie Latza Nadeau, author of the Beast Book [url= face]Angel Face[/url], about Amanda Knox, has reported from Italy for Newsweek since 1997 and for The Daily Beast since 2009. She is a frequent contributor to CNN Traveller, Departures, Discovery, and Grazia. She appears regularly on CNN, the BBC, and NPR.

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