PopeWatch: Dictator Pope

When The Dictator Pope was first published the Vatican purportedly was engaging in a frantic search to learn the identity of the author.  Yesterday the author has revealed his identity, courtesy of his publisher, Regnery Publishing:

 

About the author

Marcantonio Colonna is the pen name of Henry Sire (H. J. A. Sire), an author and historian. Sire was born in 1949 in Barcelona to a family of French ancestry. He was educated in England at the Jesuits’ centuries-old Stonyhurst College and at Exeter College, Oxford, where he gained an honors degree in Modern History. He is the author of six books on Catholic history and biography, including one on the famous English Jesuit, writer, and philosopher Father Martin D’Arcy, SJ. The Dictator Pope is the fruit of Henry Sire’s four-year residence in Rome from 2013 to 2017. During that time he became personally acquainted with many figures in the Vatican, including Cardinals and Curial officials, together with journalists specializing in Vatican affairs.
This is a reflection of the ignorance of PopeWatch, but his reaction on learning this is similar to the reaction of Lex Luthor who, while occupying the body of The Flash, decided to unmask him:

 

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  1. Sire’s Father Martin D’Arcy, Philosopher of Christian Love is well worth reading.

    D’Arcy himself deserves to be more widely read. Miss Anscombe often told the story of how, as a teenager, she read his Nature of Belief, which began her life-long interest in causality and perception – without realising, at the time, that she was “doing philosophy” (A bit like M. Jourdain talking prose without knowing it). The Nature of Belief is interesting, as D’Arcy was one of the first English philosophers truly to appreciate Newman’s Grammar of Assent, a work which anticipates the analytical philosophy of the 20th century