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Pope Francis was Jesuit Priest Jorge Bergoglio before he became Pope Francis.
From The Guardian.com:
Pope Francis: questions remain over his role during Argentina’s dictatorship
Jorge Bergoglio was head of the Jesuit order in the 1970s when the church backed military government and called for patriotism
By Uki Goni and Jonathan Watts
Thu 14 Mar 2013 01.07 GMT
Despite the joyful celebrations outside the Municipal Cathedral in Buenos Aires… the news of Latin America’s first pope was clouded by lingering concerns about the role of the church – and its new head – during Argentina’s brutal military dictatorship.

The Catholic church and Pope Francis [1] have been accused of a complicit silence and worse during the “dirty war” of murders and abductions carried out by the junta that ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983.

The evidence is sketchy and contested. Documents have been destroyed and many of those who were victims or perpetrators have died… The moral argument is clear, but the reality of life at that time put many people in a grey position. It was dangerous at that time to speak out and risk being labelled a subversive. But many, including priests and bishops, did so and subsequently disappeared. Those who stayed silent have subsequently had to live with their consciences — and sometimes the risk of a trial.

Its behaviour during that dark period in Argentine history was so unsaintly that in 2000 the Argentine Catholic church itself made a public apology for its failure to take a stand against the generals. “We want to confess before God everything we have done badly,” Argentina’s Episcopal Conference said at that time.

In February, a court noted during the sentencing of three former military men to life imprisonment for the killings of two priests that the church hierarchy had “closed its eyes” to the killing of progressive priests.

As head of the Jesuit order from 1973 to 1979, Jorge Bergoglio… was a member of the hierarachy during the period when the wider Catholic church backed the military government…

Bergoglio twice refused to testify in court about his role as head of the Jesuit order. When he eventually appeared in front of a judge in 2010, he was accused by lawyers of being evasive.

The main charge against Bergoglio involves the kidnapping of two Jesuit priests, Orland Yorio and Francisco Jalics, who were taken by Navy officers in May 1976 and held under inhumane conditions for the missionary work they conducted in the country’s slums, a politically risky activity at the time.

His chief accuser is journalist Horacio Verbitsky, the author of a book on the church called “El Silencio” (“The Silence”), which claims that Bergoglio withdrew his order’s protection from the two priests, effectively giving the military a green light for their abduction.

The claims are based on conversations with Jalics, who was released after his ordeal and later moved to a German monastery.

Bergoglio has called the allegations “slander” and holds that, on the contrary, he moved behind the scenes to save the lives of the two priests and others that he secretly hid from the death squads….” 500 word excerpt for blog Courtesy of Guardian News & Media Ltd. Read the entire article here:: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/mar/14/pope-francis-argentina-military-junta Note 1: https://www.theguardian.com/world/pope-francis

Related: “Pope Francis: Marxist or Catholic Corporatist?” By Andrew Miller, December 25, 2013 http://web.archive.org/web/20201006062524/https://www.thetrumpet.com/11222-pope-francis-marxist-or-catholic-corporatist

Pope Francis (Bergoglio) is the offspring of immigrants from Italy to Argentina. If his family had immigrated directly to the USA, they would be considered “white”, but if he immigrated from Argentina to the USA he would be considered a “hispanic” “minority” by the US government, and even person of color (POC) by the media. This is a perfect illustration of the folly of the “hispanic” classification.