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Pope Francis and the Two Jesuits Who Disappeared

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These revelations about Pope Francis’s alleged role in the disappearance of two Jesuits cast a shadow over the start of his papacy. AsFederico Finchelstein, an Argentine historian at the New School for Social Research, says in theNew York Times, the new pope’s and thechurch’s silence during and after military rule was “instrumental in enabling the mass atrocities committed by the junta.” Both the “endorsement and either strategic or willful indifference” actually fostered what Finchelstein says were “the proper conditions for the state killings” of thousands.

The “inaction” of the Church to stand up to the regime is all the more notable as clergy in other Latin American countries, including Chile and Brazil (here many fewer people were killed) resisted dictatorships, according to theNew York Times.

The Vatican hascondemned any critics of Pope Francis, proclaiming that the old allegations are a “defamatory campaign” against him. Regardless, thecollusion of the Catholic church with the generals in Argentina cannot be forgotten.

As head of the Jesuits in that country during the dictatorship, then-Fr. Bergoglio was the top authority for his order. He may not have engaged directly in any unholy alliances with the military, but under its rule, atrocities happened including the stealing of babies from women who then disappeared and the dropping of two French nuns, Alice Domon and Leonie Douquet, over the River Plate from an aircraft. As the Guardian‘s HughO’Shaughnessy writes,”the two women who had been working to improve the lives of farm labourers had been kidnapped a few days previously by the Videla dictatorship from a church and a chapel in town.”

In 2012, Videla was sentenced to 50 years in prison for participating in the scheme to steal babies from their parents who had been detained by the military regime.

Fr. Jorge Bergoglio is now the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church.


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9:42AM PST on Nov 26, 2014

This article is totally rubbish. Thank you Vera V!

4:40AM PDT on May 27, 2013


9:49AM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

Maureen H,: Being forced to join the Hilter Jugend (Hitler Youth) does not necessarily mean that Pope Emeritus Benedict actually JOINED the Nazi Party as an adult.

9:47AM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

Very interesting information! These guys are only human. I can't understnad why everybody believe that they are saint or more than just human beings!!

12:40AM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

Besides Pagina 12 is a newspaper of the government.

12:39AM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

The first comments of this appeared at the Huffington Post and Perez Esquivel and One of the grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo inmediatly, when these false rumours started to run , mostly by the government who have been the 8 years on the power hating Bergoglio.
Now, our president seemed to have changed....She changed her speech 180 grades. But during her presidency and her husband, which were 8 years, they never accept the 19 petitions of Bergoglio to be received by them.

12:36AM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

This articule is false. I couldn't give a shit because I am a fervent atheist, but it is totally untrue that any questions remain about the new pope’s alleged complicity in the disappearance and torture of two Jesuits, at a time when 30,000 people were killed or went missing during Argentina’s Dirty War and rule by the military junta after General Jorge Videla seized power in 1976. Eventhough Bergoglio (Francis) couldnt help either Yorio or Jalics or any other priests who dissapeared at that time, there was not much to do during the dictatorship. He was not a collaborationist at all.

6:14PM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

What does Rome and the Vatican have to do with inner spirituality? After murdering mystics, they continued to murder their initiates, communities, families, friends, followers and burn traces of true wisdom until they could take over and claim power and make money, dress in finery, and continue to crack down on talented and enlightened people ever since. Why do they wear those outfits that are meant to display finery and wealth and separateness from the rest of us, some of whom rre actually enlightened?

7:23PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Compare to the honesty, integrity, and humanitarianism of any other major multinational CEO -

3:46PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Hmmmm, yet more controversy and misinformation surrounding the Catholic Church. There is so much that the upper echelons of the church hide from public knowledge, that I feel we may never know just how much they hide from us.

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