On the whole Pope Francis/Card. Bergoglio and Bishop Tony Palmer controversy. My suspicion (without basis of any kind) is that Bishop Palmer must have done and said quite enough to Francis to indicate that he already was a Catholic: a believer in the True Presence, affirming the primacy of the Bishop of Rome, etc., etc., but that there was a most fruitful way for that conversion to publicly unfold, which did not come about due to his tragic death.
He’s the Pope! How can you assume what happened behind closed doors?