The other day I posted about the Vatican's and the US involvement in the dirty wars in Central and South America. And I've posted on this before. Now the Cardinals have elevated one of the Cardinals whose past was in the dirty war to Pope. All the song and dance about his theatrics in Argentina can't remove the stain of that war against "liberation priests" and also against anyone who was remotely associated with them or actually in fact working to help the people in that country. Yet they've done it again. The last pope was a Hitler Youth, and this one was once accused of complicity in the kidnapping and torture of two of his priests by the Torturers of the Regime in those years.
All I know is that I love Argentina, but despise the folks who pursued that war. My friend Raquel Parnoy has a story of this:
He "served as provincial for Argentina from 1973 to 1979. He was transferred in 1980 to become the rector of the seminary in San Miguel where had had studied. He served in that capacity until 1986." And he left the country when the military was overthrown. Why? I don't know. The TV spins his transfer to San Miguel as a punishment for not being radical enough. We'll see.
"On 15 April 2005, a human rights lawyer filed a criminal complaint against Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio, accusing him of conspiring with the junta in 1976 to kidnap two Jesuit priests."
Huffington Post reports:
The most damning accusation against Bergoglio is that as the military junta took over in 1976, he withdrew his support for two slum priests whose activist colleagues in the liberation theology movement were disappearing. The priests were then kidnapped and tortured at the Navy Mechanics School, which the junta used as a clandestine prison.
Bergoglio clarified this himself:
Bergoglio said he had told the priests – Orlando Yorio and Francisco Jalics – to give up their slum work for their own safety, and they refused.
He doesn't realize how damaging that is. He says:
"I warned them to be very careful," Bergoglio told Rubin. "They were too exposed to the paranoia of the witch hunt. Because they stayed in the barrio, Yorio and Jalics were kidnapped."
Bergoglio also claims he intervened with the Junta to prevent their being killed and dumped into an unmarked grave. They were later dumped naked, but alive, in a field.
The fact is that Bergoglio could have prevented their kidnapping in the first place:
Yorio later accused Bergoglio of effectively delivering them to the death squads by declining to publicly endorse their work. Yorio is now dead, and Jalics has refused to discuss those events since moving into a German monastery.
And this confirms what the earlier articles said:
So far, no hard evidence has been presented linking the cardinal to this crime. It is known that the cardinal headed the Society of Jesus of Argentina in 1976 and had asked the two priests to leave their pastoral work following conflict within the Society over how to respond to the new military dictatorship, with some priests advocating a violent overthrow. The cardinal's spokesman flatly denied the allegations."
Even if I give this man the benefit of the doubt that he didn't actually turn over those two Jesuit Priests (we'll never know the direct evidence was destroyed), the fact remains he was hip deep in the dirty wars from their beginning to their end. More importantly, there is nothing in his current record that shows him disavowing them, or breaking with the Vatican over their prosecution.
He has a lot to answer for. Not to me, but to his God and the souls of the disappeared.
Note: Since I posted this stories have surfaced that clarify details of what I alluded to here. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20130314/pope-dirty-war/?utm_hp_ref=green&ir=green
Huffington Post reports:
Bergoglio's own statements proved church officials knew from early on that the junta was torturing and killing its citizens even as the church publicly endorsed the dictators, she said. "The dictatorship could not have operated this way without this key support," she said.
Some investigators try to apologize for the church. The Reporter Horacio Verbitsky documented them in his book "The Silence". And the Pope has tried to claim that he looked out for priests (other than those first two) who were under suspicion. But that itself is damning, because it indicates just how much the church worked with the Junta. There are also reports of women being raped, forced to give birth and then the babies put up for adoption. A famous movie documents the child of such an atrocity who found out when she grew up that her father had murdered her mother after such an adoption; and maybe was her father.
"History condemns him. It shows him to be opposed to all innovation in the Church and above all, during the dictatorship, it shows he was very cozy with the military," Fortunato Mallimacci, the former dean of social sciences at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, once said.
Now we've had Pope Ratzinger the ex Hitler Youth, and now a man who participated in official torture, kidnapping and murder. I don't know what kind of signal the Catholic Church thinks it's sending, but to me they are sending a signal that their intentions are to keep the tyranny of the inquisition alive and well.
Post Script 6/1/2016
The good news is that Pope Francis has revealed, that though as indicated in my original post, he knew what the Torturers were up to. It evidently affected him enough so that he hasn't continued in the pattern established by his predecessors. I couldn't be happier with his near saintly behavior since assuming office. I hope all the people who were hurt by the Junta, the complicity of the Catholic Church can find it in their hearts to forgive them. He seems to be seeking Redemption.
Further Reading and Sources:
- This post was related to these posts:
- Murdering Pregnant Women in Argentina's Dirty War [http://holtesthoughts.blogspot.com/2014/05/murdering-pregnant-women-in-argentinas.html]
- More evidence of US - And Vatican! - involvement in Dirty Wars [http://holtesthoughts.blogspot.com/2013/03/more-evidence-of-us-and-vatican.html]
- Note all links taken in March 2013. If any are now broken I apologize for not taking screenshots.
- This will give you a 404 error as the censors prepare the new Pope for future canonization: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20050416.wkidnap0416/BNStory/Front
- But you can read this article that still has the information and more by Horatio Verbitzky: