How Pope Francis Collaborated With Argentina’s Brutal Military Dictatorship

Is it really so difficult to find someone qualified to be pope who isn’t connected with mass murderers? Digital Journal writes:

From 1976 until 1983, Argentina was governed by a series of U.S.-backed military dictators who ruled with iron fists and crushed the regime’s opponents. As many as 30,000 people were killed or disappeared during this horrific era, and many children and babies were stolen from parents imprisoned in concentration camps or murdered by the regime.

During this harrowing period, the Argentine Catholic church was shamefully silent in the face of atrocities. Worse, leading church figures were complicit in the regime’s abuses. One priest, Father Christian von Wernich, was a former police chaplain later sentenced to life in prison for involvement in seven murders, 42 kidnappings and 31 cases of torture during the ‘Dirty War.’

So exactly what role did Jorge Bergoglio play in his country’s brutal seven-year military dictatorship?
A 1995 lawsuit filed by a human rights lawyer alleges that Bergoglio, who was leading the local Jesuit community by the time the military junta seized power, was involved in the kidnapping of two of his fellow Jesuit priests, Orlando Yorio and Francisco Jalics, who were tortured by navy personnel before being dumped in a field, drugged and semi-naked, five months later. Yorio accused Bergoglio of “effectively handing [the priests] over to death squads.”

But that wasn’t the only time Bergoglio allegedly cooperated with the regime. According to a book by Horacio Verbitsky, one of Argentina’s most respected investigative journalists, he also hid political prisoners from a delegation of visiting international monitors from the Inter-American Human Rights Commission. Bergoglio was also silent in the wake of [activist clergyman] Bishop Enrique Angelelli’s assassination, even as other leading Argentine clergy condemned the murder. “History condemns him,” Fortunato Mallimacci, a former dean at the University of Buenos Aires, once said of Bergoglio. “He was very cozy with the dictatorship.”

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  • Raz

    Vatican must really enjoy their scandals. Every time they are getting a new one!

  • Juan

    Looks like they’ve picked the right guy for the job.

  • echar

    Like in any gang, they need to know he’ll do business and that they have dirt on him before he is allowed into the leadership.

  • echar

    Like in any gang, they need to know he’ll do business and that they have dirt on him before he is allowed into the leadership.

  • jnana

    Anybody ever read the Celestine Prophecies? D’ya get the feeling it’s some subtle propaganda that acknowledges the cooperation of military n church in S. America, but in a way that makes it seem unreal or not as bad? I don’t know, but that book seems a little funky to me, especially concerning political affairs in S. America.

  • BuzzCoastin

    no one makes it to the top of any worldwide organization
    without being a duplicitous scumbag

    let’s see if we can find a story about his one good deed
    that would be a shocking revelation

  • BuzzCoastin

    no one makes it to the top of any worldwide organization
    without being a duplicitous scumbag

    let’s see if we can find a story about his one good deed
    that would be a shocking revelation

  • InfvoCuernos

    This funky shit reminds me of Larry Flint coming out after a Miss America contest with photos of the winner. Only this is 100 times worse because instead of posing nude(harmful effect=0) these assholes were in the Hitler Youth or aiding South American Death Squads(harmful effect 100). You mean to tell me there NO decent people in the upper reaches of the Catholic Church?!?! I have a hard time believing that, but it sure does look like it from the outside.

  • InfvoCuernos

    This funky shit reminds me of Larry Flint coming out after a Miss America contest with photos of the winner. Only this is 100 times worse because instead of posing nude(harmful effect=0) these assholes were in the Hitler Youth or aiding South American Death Squads(harmful effect 100). You mean to tell me there NO decent people in the upper reaches of the Catholic Church?!?! I have a hard time believing that, but it sure does look like it from the outside.

  • Mark

    Verbitsky is definitely not one of the “most respected investigative journalists” in Argentina. Quite the opposite. I am not catholic nor a right minded individual, at all, but I live in Argentina and can assure you the people accusing Bergoglio have political interests that are way too complicated for any foreigner to understand from what I can explain in a simple comment. I am sorry but this note is incredibly innacurate.

    • http://www.facebook.com/paul.murphy.7399 Paul Murphy

      By ‘most respected investigative journalists’, Disinformation is referring to much rakers, scandal mongers and conspiracy theorists like themselves. The new Pope has only just been elected
      and this Verbitsky character already has a book out? Doesn’t sound like anything ‘respectable’ or ‘investigated’ to me. Sounds a lot more like a gutter-press scumbag cashing in.

    • http://www.facebook.com/paul.murphy.7399 Paul Murphy

      By ‘most respected investigative journalists’, Disinformation is referring to much rakers, scandal mongers and conspiracy theorists like themselves. The new Pope has only just been elected
      and this Verbitsky character already has a book out? Doesn’t sound like anything ‘respectable’ or ‘investigated’ to me. Sounds a lot more like a gutter-press scumbag cashing in.

    • http://www.facebook.com/paul.murphy.7399 Paul Murphy

      By ‘most respected investigative journalists’, Disinformation is referring to much rakers, scandal mongers and conspiracy theorists like themselves. The new Pope has only just been elected
      and this Verbitsky character already has a book out? Doesn’t sound like anything ‘respectable’ or ‘investigated’ to me. Sounds a lot more like a gutter-press scumbag cashing in.

      • Mark

        The book is not new. Verbitsky is not who he pretends to be; although he is a very good journalist, he constantly promotes movements from the far left, which, in my opinion, closely resemble the far right.
        Several well respected human right activists such as Adolfo Perez Esquivel and Alicia Oliveira have come up to defend the pope; He in turn was a witness in a trial against some of the 70′s coup genocides, were he interceded with the then president Massera; to free the 2 men he supposedly gave to the police/military.
        The fact that they were freed and are still alive is living proof. Back then, being kidnapped meant a death sentence. I know this first hand since my uncle was kidnapped and a friend of my grandfather, who was a ranking official in the navy (was against the military); made a phone call and saved his life.

        I would really appreciate if disinfo would stop talking stuff for granted without even looking up a single name. I know Bergoglio is a homofobic and is against gay rights and marriage, but not only does he not promote that belief, he only promotes whatever message is positive in the immediate surrounding. He has helped marxist atheist associations against slave work and sexual exploitation and has never even cared for others’ religious views, as long as they meant good.
        And again, I don’t like the Catholic Church or any other for that matter; I am an atheist, left oriented individual, against any form of totalitarism.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Greenleafstickybud Dylan Mathew Fenster

    Thats all? The Catholic Church has done far worse…

  • Sebastian

    Some journalism… but considering the site is named “disinfo”, well, I guess it is just what this is all about.

    For intro, I am a very irregular visitor of this site, less than a once year I type this address. Not sure why I did so this week. I was referred here a decade ago from a forum (barbelith.com). I am 40 years old, a physician, and I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    To keep this short, the trials to the military crimes committed durign the dictatorship years have been ongoing for quite a while here in Argentina, with I think a hundred or so sentenced (or soon to be sentenced) and possibly a thousand witnesses have tesified. I am not bothering to check the numbers right now. Suffice to say that the name “Jorge Bergoglio” -currently Francisco, the Pope- was never mentioned during these trials.

    Bergoglio did testify in a trial as a witness, two years agom in 2010 I think. The video of his declaration is now somewhere in the web, and he testified about these two jesuits that had been detained -kidnapped would be a more appropriate term. Also, just today one of these jesuit priests delivered made a statement in Germany, where he currently resides, definitely reliving Bergoglio’s name from these accusations.

    So there you go, some “disinformation” you posted, indeed.

    There are many things that can be said about Horacio Verbitsky, and I doubt they would be in the line of himself being one of the country’s “most respected investigative journalists”. Those really interested in disinformation and media manipulation I am sure will appreciate that he wrote a newspaper article that included a front page picture of a priest giving communion to the military leader of the time, addressing the priest in the picture (captured from behind) as Bergoglio, while in fact it was a prominent Church figure of those times, and much older than Bergolgio, who was 30 somehitng then. You can find that picture here if you scroll down: http://www.taringa.net/buscar/mi/?q=Verbitsky

    Since Bergoglio has been a very active and public local figure through the past 10 years, one has to wonder why all these accusations and Verbitsky’s own suddenly sprout with him being elected Pope, as if they had just remembered all these “ties” Bergoglio supposeddly had with the military. The odd fact is that nobody is saying or has uttered a word about the priests that during the last two military dictator periods in this country (1966-1973 and 1976-1983) were living and breathing among the military, and also were ears to confessions of confused tormenters (ok, torturers, really, or perhaps we can call them “tormented torturers”) who were seeking spiritual relief after following the orders (torture, followed by mutilation, assassination, etc) they had been given -or delivered themselves. This is common knowledge here, as there were also physicians, nurses and a lot of other non military personnel witnessing the commings and goings of illegal prisoners, and I think I can say with enough accuracy that there was never a Jesuit involved in giving service to the military. Anyway, even if there is a “confessional” secret, all these people priests (thoss till alive at least) possibly carry responsibility as witness of whatever they witnessed outside confession, if you want to play that game, and also: how many criminal confessions can they stand and forgive and keep to themselves?

    Ah, the paths of the Lord…

    Now, editors, do yourselves a favor and amend this ridiculous post.

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