New Pope an Old Perp
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#1 Mar 15, 2013
Tiempo Argentina is reporting that Bergoglio could be called to federal court to testify for the third time in a case involving crimes against humanity for his interaction with a pregnant woman named Elena de la Cuadra, and her husband, Hector Baratti, who were both kidnapped on February 23, 1977.
According to Elenas sister, Elena gave birth to a daughter who was then taken by Argentine authorities.
At the time, Elena appealed to Bergoglio for help and received a letter saying that a bishop would intercede, but after a few months passed, the bishop reported that the baby had already been adopted by an important family and that the kidnapping could not be reversed.
Despite the letter, Jorge Bergoglio has denied that he knew anything about kidnapped children until after the military dictatorship was overthrown.
#2 Mar 15, 2013
At least two cases directly involved Bergoglio, who ran Argentina's Jesuit order during the dictatorship.
One examined the torture of two of his Jesuit priests Orlando Yorio and Francisco Jalics who were kidnapped in 1976 from the slums where they advocated liberation theology, which is the belief that Jesus Christ's teachings justify fights against social injustices.
Yorio accused Bergoglio of effectively handing them over to the death squads by declining to tell the regime that he endorsed their work. Jalics refused to discuss it after moving into seclusion in a German monastery.
#3 Mar 15, 2013
Nothing has changed by the election of the new pope. Business as usual.
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#4 Mar 15, 2013
A Conservative With a Common Touch
By EMILY SCHMALL and LARRY ROHTER
BUENOS AIRES Like most of those in Argentina, he is a soccer fan, his favorite team being the underdog San Lorenzo squad. Known for his outreach to the countrys poor, he gave up a palace for a small apartment, rode public transportation instead of a chauffeur-driven car and cooked his own meals.
The new pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio (pronounced ber-GOAL-io), 76, will be called Francis. Chosen Wednesday by a gathering of Roman Catholic cardinals, he is in some ways a history-making pontiff, the first from the Jesuit order and the first pope from Latin America.
But Cardinal Bergoglio is also a conventional choice, a theological conservative of Italian ancestry who vigorously backs Vatican positions on abortion, gay marriage, the ordination of women and other major issues leading to heated clashes with Argentinas left-leaning president.
He was less energetic, however, when it came to standing up to Argentinas military dictatorship during the 1970s as the country was consumed by a conflict between right and left that became known as the Dirty War. He has been accused of knowing about abuses and failing to do enough to stop them, during a period when as many as 30,000 people were abducted, tortured or killed by the dictatorship.
Despite the criticism, many here praise Cardinal Bergoglio who likes the more humble title of Father Jorge as a passionate defender of the poor and disenfranchised.
In 2001 he surprised the staff of Muñiz Hospital in Buenos Aires, asking for a jar of water, which he used to wash the feet of 12 patients hospitalized with complications from the virus that causes AIDS. He then kissed their feet, telling reporters that society forgets the sick and the poor. More recently, in September 2012, he scolded priests in Buenos Aires who refused to baptize the children of unwed mothers.No to hypocrisy, he said of the priests at the time.They are the ones who separate the people of God from salvation.
Though he is averse to liberation theology, which he views as hopelessly tainted with Marxist ideology, Cardinal Bergoglio has emphasized outreach to the impoverished, and as cardinal of Buenos Aires he has overseen increased social services and evangelization in the slums.
I am encouraged by this choice, viewing it as a pledge for a church of simplicity and of ecological ideals, said Leonardo Boff, a founder of liberation theology. What is more, Mr. Boff said, Cardinal Bergoglio comes from the developing world,outside the walls of Rome.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires on Dec. 17, 1936, to Mario Bergoglio, an immigrant from northern Italy, and Regina Bergoglio, a homemaker. He came relatively late to the priesthood, enrolling in a seminary only at the age of 21, after studying chemistry. He has had health concerns since his youth, having had a lung removed because of an infection.
By all accounts, he was a brilliant student who relished the study not just of theology but also of secular subjects like psychology and literature. He was ordained a priest a few days short of turning 33, and from that point on, his ascent within the church was rapid: by 1973, he had been named the Jesuit provincial for Argentina, the church official in charge of supervising the orders activities in the country.
#6 Mar 16, 2013
I'm amazed at the Catholic reverence for Empty Gestures and the Insincere Apologies.
This Pope is as bad as the last one. He was elected BECAUSE of the lap-dances he gave the brutal right wing killing and baby stealing machine governing Argentina.
#8 Mar 18, 2013
Francis is a Jesuit. This means that Opus Dei is most unhappy, and Santorum and Scalia have their barbed wire cockrings in a twist. That alone is enough to make me smile. :-)
#9 Mar 18, 2013
Hey guys, Chavez and I go way back. He used to be my alter-boy.
Crimes against humanity you say? Since when did liberals care about killing babies anyway?
Liberals are funny people. God and I can't figure out why the same people who are for abortion want to save trees!
#10 Mar 18, 2013
first you blow the election, now no more Nazi Pope!
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