From our Bureau of Papal Palace Intrigues
According to a Cardinal whose name has not been disclosed, there is a conservative plot brewing at the Vatican to dislodge Papa Che from the papal throne.
The papacy is world’s the oldest surviving monarchy — a continuous line of rulers unbroken for nearly two millennia, despite many bumpy twists and turns — but it has never been immune from all the intrigues and gossip that surround every crowned head.
Vatican gossip should always be taken with a pinch of salt, but the latest rumor making the rounds is said to come from a highly placed insider. Stay tuned. Castro, Inc. could be about to lose one of its best friends.
From the one and only Daily Mail
Conservatives in the Vatican are said to be plotting to put Pope Francis under such pressure that he is forced to resign.
The move to oust the liberal-minded pontiff, 86, began in earnest just days after the death of his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on December 31.
Although Pope Francis has previously declared he would step down if his health deteriorates, it was deemed unlikely to happen while Benedict XVI was alive in order to prevent an unprecedented situation of three Popes living at the Vatican, The Telegraph reports.
He said: ‘The secret plan will be formulated on various axes and phases, but it will have one objective – to place the pontificate under such stress that Francis will have to resign.
‘The opponents of Francis know that right now they are in a minority, that they will need time to both win a consensus and to weaken [him].’
The cardinal added that the campaign would hinge upon ‘the progressive weakening of the Holy Father as well as his doctrinal choices, which will create a great deal of discontent which can be used against him.’
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