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PopeWatch: Fake

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Well, this is interesting.  Last month the Argentinian government revealed what purported to be a letter from the Pope to the President of Argentina, and the letter promptly was revealed to be a fake:

One of the Pope’s closest collaborator, Argentine Monsignor Guillermo Karcher has affirmed that the letter from Pope Francis to President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner revealed earlier today by the government is a fake.

“I’m surprised, the letter seems like a collage, this has never happened before,” said Karcher to reporters.

“I can’t believe it. This forgery has been done with a lot of malice.”

The Vatican spokesman pointed out “several mistakes” present in the counterfeit letter, like the fact that it was written in capital letters, it wasn’t properly signed, and it should have been signed not by the Pope but by a papal representative.

Go here to read the rest at the Buenos Aires Herald.  Tip to governments receiving a purported letter from the Pope:  a call to the Vatican to verify the letter before announcing it might be a very good idea indeed!

 

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

8 Comments

  1. Surely such a letter, if genuine, would have been delivered through the normal diplomatic channels, that is, delivered to the Argentinian ambassador by the Cardinal Secretary of State, or by the Papal Nuncio to the Argentinian Foreign Secretary?

  2. “I can imagine him simply deciding to send a letter to a head of state through ordinary mail.”

    Oh, Dear! Sounds like a recipe for a Dépêche d’Ems, although I suppose it has the merit of plausible deniability.

  3. If the Pope continues to fail to act as the Monarch that he is by virtue of his position as Pope, then these problems will continue to get worse. This idea that he has of having to have the smell of the people, while seemingly laudable for its apparent piety and humility, actually teaches people to disrespect authority.

  4. My sister-in-law is Argentinian, now living back in Pasadas looking after her mother after the death of my brother. The Kirchner’s are liars and despicable cheats, and use their henchmen to suppress their people. They are extreme socialists, so why is anyone surprised at this? They will do anything to hold onto power, and in so doing, are turning Argentina into a cesspit.
    I remember reading many years ago, that if the Japanese owned or had Argentina as their own land, it would be so prosperous that it would make the USA look like a poor cousin. 🙂

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