New Pope Francis is 76 y.o. Archbishop Bergoglio of Buenos Aires

Who is Pope Francis?  An Argentine human rights lawyer had accused Archbishop Bergoglio, aka Pope Francis, of working with the murderous Argentine military junta in abducting two priests in the 1970s.

A human rights lawyer has filed a criminal complaint against an Argentine cardinal mentioned as a possible contender to become pope, accusing him of involvement in the 1976 kidnappings of two priests.

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s spokesman Saturday called the allegation “old slander.”

I worked in Argentina.  The 1970 abductions by the junta, called “the dirty war,” were a horrible business in which people were “disappeared” and murdered simply for disagreeing with the government.  It’s rather disgusting that they’d pick a Pope in any associated with a cloud surrounding that period.  Then again, Ratzinger was Hitler Youth and was implicated in the cover up fo the pedophilia scandal, and it didn’t stop him.

ThinkProgress has more on allegations of Bergoglio’s involvement with Argentina’s Dirty War:

However, Bergoglio has been criticized by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) for his behavior during the 1976-1983 dictatorship in Argentina, with some journalists claiming that he prevented human rights groups from finding political prisoners by imprisoning them in his vacation home.

During the period of the dictatorship, the Catholic Church failed to confront the regime, even as it was kidnapping and killing thousands. The church eventually issued a blanket apology for its actions in October of 2012, though Bergoglio “invoked his right under Argentine law to refuse to appear in open court” to address two cases in which he was directly involved. When he did testify in 2010, his “answers were evasive,” human rights activists claim.

More from Wikipedia:

On April 15, 2005, a human rights lawyer filed a criminal complaint against Bergoglio, accusing him of conspiring with the junta in 1976 to kidnap two Jesuit priests, whom he, as superior of the Society of Jesus of Argentina in 1976, had asked 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. Bergoglio’s spokesman has flatly denied the allegations.

From the Irish Times last month:

The runner-up slot then was supposedly occupied by the Jesuit archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

Dirty war

At 76 he is still eligible. But his elevation to the papacy could lead to renewed scrutiny of the Argentinian church’s role in the country’s Dirty War, when it offered support to the military junta in its brutal campaign of murder of left-wing dissidents.

In 2005 Cardinal Bergoglio, who was the head Jesuit in the country during the dictatorship, was accused by a local human rights group of complicity in the death of two Jesuit priests murdered by the regime, a charge which he has vigorously denied.

And Pope Francis thinks gay marriage is a creation of Satan.  Nice.

Apparently he has issues with gay adoption too:

“The National Catholic reporter said Pope Francis called adoption by gay and lesbian people a form of discrimination against children. The real discrimination against children is the pedophilia that has run rampant in the Catholic Church with little more than collusion from the Vatican.” – Herndon Graddick, GLAAD President

NC Register:

Cardinal Bergoglio continued: “Let us not be naive: this is not simply a political struggle, but it is an attempt to destroy God’s plan. It is not just a bill (a mere instrument) but a ‘move’ of the father of lies who seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.”

He’s a gay hater, now there’s a surprise:



Of course, the joke is on the Catholic church.  By wooing Latin America, they’ve wooed a region that’s far more liberal on gay rights, particularly gay marriage, than even the United States.

New Pope may be Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires (they think). Italian TV is saying he has picked the name Francis.


But no one knows who he is yet.  Stay tuned. While we’re waiting, you can read some of our recent Pope news here. It’s sad, but in the old days I used to actually get a little excited, in a newsy way, about “new Popes.”  But now that I’m older and wiser, and know the damage that these man work, it’s a creepier experience full of far more foreboding than fun. I’m watching CNN and Anderson Cooper is talking to a lot of excited foreigners/Catholics.  It’d be interesting to see if he talks to anyone who admits that the church has done a lot of damage and needs a new direction. Here’s a bit of the talk on Twitter:

















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