Vatican: There's No Evidence Pope Helped Junta
Allegations from Argentina dog Pope Francis
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 15, 2013 1:03 PM CDT
In this 1973 photo released by the El Salvador School, priest Jorge Mario Bergoglio, right, and priest Pedro Arupe give a Mass at the church in the El Salvador school in Buenos Aires, Argentina.   (AP Photo/El Salvador School)

(Newser) – The Vatican today addressed the whispers that the new pope seemed to get along with Argentina's military dictatorship in the '70s. "There has never been a credible, concrete accusation against him," nor was he ever charged with anything, a Vatican spokesman said today, according to the BBC. The spokesman attributed the controversy to "anti-clerical left-wing elements that are used to attack the Church." Jorge Bergoglio led Argentina's Jesuits during the junta's rule, and was accused of allowing the military government to abduct two priests in 1976.

A book by an Argentine investigative journalist accused Bergoglio of withdrawing the order's protection from the two priests when they refused to stop visiting slums. The journalist, it should be noted, is close with Argentina's president, a frequent political foe of the cardinal. Berboglio addressed the incident in his own biography. "I warned them to be very careful," he told his biographer of the two priests. "They were too exposed to the paranoia of the witch hunt. Because they stayed in the barrio, Yorio and Jalics were kidnapped."

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Mar 17, 2013 5:44 PM CDT
There is one detail that no one seems to have picked up on and that is, out of seven courant articles running on Newser there’s no insight into the fact. The first Jesuit Pope should raise a RED FLAG !!!!! I mean get a clue. The Jesuits are a secretive and shadowy group that tortured and killed a huge number of people, they can’t deny it, it’s history. Here are some historic quotes: "My history of the Jesuits is not eloquently written, but it is supported by unquestionable authorities, [and] is very particular and very horrible. Their [the Jesuit Order’s] restoration [in 1814 by Pope Pius VII] is indeed a step toward darkness, cruelty, despotism, [and] death. … I do not like the appearance of the Jesuits. If ever there was a body of men who merited eternal damnation on earth and in hell, it is this Society of [Ignatius de] Loyola." John Adams (1735-1826; 2nd President of the United States) "It is my opinion that if the liberties of this country – the United States of America – are destroyed, it will be by the subtlety of the Roman Catholic Jesuit priests, for they are the most crafty, dangerous enemies to civil and religious liberty. They have instigated MOST of the wars of Europe." Marquis de LaFayette (1757-1834; French statesman and general. He served in the American Continental Army under the command of General George Washington during the American Revolutionary War.) "The war [i.e., the American Civil War of 1861-1865] would never have been possible without the sinister influence of the Jesuits." Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865; 16th President of the United States) "The Jesuits…are a secret society – a sort of Masonic order – with superadded features of revolting odiousness, and a thousand times more dangerous.” – Samuel Morse (1791-1872; American inventor of the telegraph; author of the book Foreign Conspiracy Against the Liberties of the United States) "[The Jesuits] are the deadly enemies of civil and religious liberty." R. W. Thompson (Ex-Secretary, American Navy)
Mar 16, 2013 10:26 AM CDT
The muslims slaughtered millions.......mohammad the prophet is a phony child abuser........and obama is ruining the country..........and i voted for the loser
Mar 16, 2013 8:59 AM CDT
The picture shows them "giving mass." People give them money and they get mass in return. Can they take "mass" and go to the bank? Can they buy food with it? Can they use it to gain knowledge and understanding from the scriptures? Isa 55:2 said this would happen: “Why do you people keep paying out money for what is not bread, and why is your toil for what results in no satisfaction?