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Antonio Socci: So Bergoglio even manipulates Don Camillo ...

Antonio Socci
November 12th 2015

So Bergoglio even manipulates Don Camillo (but he is a Catholic priest, not like Don Francesco-Chichi)

“You see, I cannot absolutely bear deception. I have many defects Lord, but not the one of cheating and lying to my neighbor.”   
Don Camillo, Rare priest, still Catholic!
It’s not surprising that Bergoglio while he was in Florence, manipulated and exploited even Guareschi’s Don Camillo, since he does the same thing with the Gospel, making it say the opposite of what’s written (for example on Jesus, the Pharisees and moral themes).

Nonetheless it’s comical that Bergoglio, while instructing the Italian Church to stay out of politics (which means, instructing it to bend to the Powers and not disturb the manoeuvrer), he uses as an example Don Camillo, who did the exact opposite. 

In actual fact Don Camillo is the symbol of those thousands of courageous Italian priests, who risked their very lives, before and after 1948, along with Pius XII, in an epochal battle against Communism after the war, and literally saved Italy, by leading their people even into the election booth, to give freedom to the Country and keep it in the Western hemisphere; thus, saving Christianity and averting the Communist Party of Togliatti and Stalin from gaining power.


Yet, the way Bergoglio cites Don Camillo is completely ambiguous: he makes him look like a "cattocomunista" (Catholic-communist).

Here are his actual words: “we think also of the simplicity of invented personalities like Don Camillo, coupled alongside Peppone.  In Guareschi’s stories I’m struck by how the prayer of a good parish priest is united to [his] evident closeness with the people.”

From these words it seems that Don Camillo was a timid spiritual guide to the Communist Party led by Peppone and it appears  he practically accompanied the Communist indoctrination of the people with prayer. This is a grotesque distortion of  Guareschi’s characters.

Don Camillo – like the Church of Pius XII – had understood clearly that, after 1945, the Communist empire, which had devoured half of Europe,  reaching as far as Trieste and directly threatening Italy, was the most powerful and bloodthirsty Antichristian incarnation that the Church had ever known in two thousand years. 

For this reason it’s ridiculous to say that Don Camillo can “be coupled” alongside Peppone: they were rather like two boxers who gave each other some sound thrashings, in view of the fact that, Don Camillo, far from limiting himself to prayer alone, fought the destructive Communist propaganda tooth and nail, and even tried to wrest Peppone and his family out of the Party and bring them back to the Church.

Indeed, we would still need priests with the same energy as Don Camillo, who would defend the people from today’s new (inhuman) ideologies –  heirs to the ones of the past.


Let’s go back to Bergoglio. After that ambiguous sentence, as an example, he cited what Don Camillo says about himself: “I’m a poor country priest who knows each one of his parishioners, who loves them, knows their pains and their joys and also how to laugh with them.” 

An excellent quotation provided  you add that it is the exact opposite of what Bergoglio does. He looks down on Christians, especially the most heroic ones refusing  even to receive in a private audience Asia Bibi’s very poor family members (the Christian mother condemned to death in Pakistan for her faith: on her, Bergoglio has never even spent a single word).

On the other hand, Bergoglio, continues to receive amiably in his elegant residence, the rich and powerful priest-hater, Scalfari, to discuss and confide his ideas outside Catholic tradition with him.  And Scalfari – happily – reciprocates by making monuments to Bergoglio in “La Repubblica”.

Even the Bergoglio, ever so pleased, who brings Morales’ terrible gift, depicting Jesus Christ on the hammer and the sickle, into the Vatican, would have horrified Don Camillo.

Mind you, Don Camillo was well aware of the misery that induced a lot of poor people to believe in the illusory paradise promised by Communism and understood their concern for social emancipation (in fact, to the young progressive priest who praises poverty, he retorts: “poverty is a misfortune, not a merit”), and he fought against Communism because he knew it was the most terrible deception harming the poor.  Additionally, he preached the Social Reign of Christ as the only ideal upon which to build a more just world.


In the Introduction to “Comrade Don Camillo” (where how the priest from the Lowlands, travels incognito to the USSR and creates havoc is narrated), was written in 1963, between the auspicious economic miracle and the ‘inauspicious’ social-sexual literature of the left” as Guareschi calls it, which – in that Introduction – alerts specifically those in Italy who plot with the Communists:  “by attempting to create a horrendous mishmash of the Devil and Holy Water, while a large formation of young  leftist priests (who are not a bit like Don Camillo), are preparing to bless the red banners of the Antichrist, in the name of Christ.”

Guareschi dedicates this book: “to the American soldiers killed in Korea (in the war against the Communists) to the last heroic defenders of the besieged West (…) And I dedicate it to the Italian soldiers killed combating in Russia and to the sixty-three thousand who fell as prisoners into the hands of the Russians, disappeared into the horrendous Soviet Lagers and left to their fate which is still unknown. To them, in particular, the tenth chapter entitled: ‘Three Stalks of Wheat’ is dedicated. My story – Guareschi adds – is also dedicated to the three hundred priests from Emilia- Romagna, murdered by the Communists during the bloody days of “liberation”, and to the late Pope Pius XII who thundered Excommunication at Communism and its accomplices. It is dedicated likewise to the Primate of Hungary, the indomitable  Cardinal Mindszenty and the heroic Martyr Church.  To them chapter eight entitled “Christ’s Secret Agent” is especially dedicated.”

We have here the antipodes of Bergoglism.  Even from a human point of view Don Camillo is the exact opposite of Bergoglio. On the one hand, we have the Italian priest formed by the Catechism of St. Pius X , who, in the name of Christ, with boldness and generous humanity, from the pulpit  and in the piazza, opposes  the great deception of Communism which wrested God from the hearts of the people by substituting Him for an inhuman ideology. On the other hand, we have the cunning Jesuit who lives serenely under the Colonels in South America, and then, with the passing of that season, flirts with Liberation Theology (Argentinean style)  and in Rome with the Scalfarian world, watering down the Gospel and selling out on the “non-negotiable principles” thus pleasing the enemies of the Church.


Guareschi was infuriated with the post-conciliar devastation and in his last book – “Don Camillo and Today’s Youth” – he describes the clash between Don Camillo and progressive priests like Don Chichi, whose name – strangely enough – was “Francesco”.

Here is Guareschi’s description: “The progressive young priest sent by the Curia to get Don Camillo back on track, was called Don Francesco, but because of his curt and nervous little person, because of his tightly fitting clergyman suit, because of his continuous agitation and toadying, he was re-christened Don Chichi by the people. A nickname that has no precise significance, but renders the idea perfectly. Don Chichi, demystified the church exteriorly and had launched  an in-depth  attack, with a series of sermons which were a continuous and passionate denunciation of the wickedness and faults of the rich.  A lot of people left the Mass.”

Guareschi had foresight. In fact, the post-conciliar disasters estranged a lot of people from the Church also in Italy, but most of all in South America where priests like ‘Don Chichi and Bergoglio gained the upper hand. There, by talking more like (bad) union leaders than priests of Christ, they have been losing people for decades, with a great hemorrhage of the faithful into sects or other confessions. 

Strong in this pastoral failure, now Bergoglio wants to give lessons to the Italian Church which has still kept the Church for the people until now – thanks to John Paul II and Ratzinger. There is a famous saying:  he who knows does, he who doesn’t know  teaches.  Bergoglio having already failed in Argentina, wants to impose his recipe on the entire Church:  and lead it to ruin.

Antonio Socci


The young progressive priest, Don Chichi, addressing the crusty parish priest from the Lowlands, delivered judgment: “Don Camillo, the Church is a great ship which has been riding at anchor for centuries. Now we need to weigh the anchors and set out to sea! And we need to renew the crew, get rid mercilessly of the bad sailors and point the prow towards the other shore. It is there that the ship will find new strength to rejuvenate the crew. This is the time for dialogue, reverend Father!

But, Don Camillo responds: “Fighting is the only dialogue possible with the Communists. After twenty years of fighting we are still all here alive: I see no better coexistence than this one. The Communists bring me their children to be baptized and they get married at the altar while I grant them, as I do to all the rest, the right to obey the laws of God. My church is not the great ship that you describe, but a poor little boat: yet it has always sailed from one shore to the other. (…) You estrange many men of the old crew to take on board new ones on the other shore: see that you don’t lose the old ones without finding any new. Do you remember the story of those young monks who did pee-pee on small, ugly apples because they were sure they would have become big and beautiful?  This didn’t happen and the poor things had to eat the small ugly ones.”

Translation: Contributor Francesca Romana