With the help of a lot of insider information, and a few well placed bribes, the Perspective Research Department was obtained first hand information on how Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the 266th Pope!

There were two Catholic boys, Jorge Bergoglio and Antonio Secola, whose
lives paralleled each other in amazing ways. In the same year Jorge was born
in Argentina,  Antonio was born in Italy.
Faithfully they attended parochial School from kindergarten through their
senior year in high school.
They took their vows to enter the priesthood early
in college, and upon graduation, became priests.
Their careers had come to amaze the world, but it was generally acknowledged that Antonio Secola was just a wee cut above Jorge Bergoglio in all respects.
Their rise  through the ranks of Bishop, Archbishop and finally Cardinal
was swift to say the least, and the Catholic world knew that it would be one of the two who would become the next Pope.
Seems the Pope didn’t die, he retired ………………, and the College of Cardinals went to work!
In less time than anyone had expected, white smoke rose from the chimney and the world waited to see whom they had chosen.
The world, Catholic, Protestant and secular, was surprised to learn that
Jorge Mario Bergoglio had been elected Pope!
Antonio Secola was beyond surprise. He was devastated
because even with all of
Jorge’s gifts, Antonio knew he was just a bit better qualified.
With gall that shocked the Cardinals, Antonio Secola asked for a private
session with them last Wednesday, in which he candidly asked: “
Why Jorge?”
After a long silence, an old Cardinal took pity on the bewildered man and rose to reply.
“We knew you were the better of the two, but we just could not bear the
thought of the leader of the Roman Catholic Church being called
And now you know the rest of the story!
We all know what would have happened if Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet had been chosen Pope, don’t we?