Vatican denies claim that Pope Francis failed to protect Argentina priests
March 15th, 2013
11:41 AM ET

Vatican denies claim that Pope Francis failed to protect Argentina priests

Vatican City (CNN) - The Vatican pushed back Friday against claims that Pope Francis failed to protect two fellow Jesuit priests who were kidnapped during Argentina's military dictatorship.

The accusations have resurfaced since the Argentine cardinal's unexpected election to the papacy two days ago.

A book by investigative reporter Horacio Verbitsky accuses Francis, who was then referred to as Jorge Mario Bergoglio and was head of the country's Jesuit order but not yet a bishop, of deliberately failing to protect two Jesuit priests who were imprisoned by the government.

But the Rev. Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, dismissed the claims - which date back to Argentina's so-called Dirty War from 1976 to 1983 - as false and defamatory.

- CNN Belief Blog

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soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Face-Palm

    being stupid is now a badge of honor?

    March 24, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
  2. Face-Palm

    he’s never allowed to rub one out?

    Is he human? You are evil if you tell him he cannot.

    the most worrisome maniacs are those that never let go.

    you scare me.

    March 24, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
  3. creight frazee

    If you think Thelma`s story is unimaginable,, 4 weaks-ago my aunt's boyfriend worked and got paid $8553 putting in twenty hours a week from there house and they're roomate's ex-wife`s neighbour was doing this for three months and made over $8553 part time from a labtop. use the guidelines available on this page......... BIT40. ℂOℳ

    March 18, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
  4. { ! }

    Francis failed to protect his priests? With what? The vast police force held by the church of Argentina perhaps? Sounds a bit like the Pius XII hokum: "He could have done more. He was silent". With what should have Pius XII saved the Jews other than hiding 800,000 of them in convents and monasteries? The Swiss guard against the Wermacht is hardly a match.

    March 18, 2013 at 10:45 am |
  5. EX catholic

    It looks like the Vatican has Purchased the rights to this blog. Then change the name to: The RCC Blog!

    March 17, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
    • { ! }

      No. The Vatican has purchased no such rights. It's the same old media trying to satisfy its bottom-feeding consumers.

      March 18, 2013 at 10:41 am |
  6. Jorge

    for those two priests, I did confession and God forgive me, so leave me alone. I am forgiven.

    March 17, 2013 at 10:04 am |
    • .

      What was you penance? Trolling the BB?

      March 17, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
    • Jorge

      @dot, trolling the BB is like a petty cash theft compared to your sins !!

      March 17, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
  7. Over 40,000 denominations of insanity

    Some believe that celibacy is appropriate for certain people, or for certain positions. It's ridiculous. Celibacy is unnatural and will continue to cause problems for the religious institutions that employ it.

    Many of the people from these same institutions advocate against abortion, but don't understand the realistic benefit of the morning after pill or even basic contraception; their unrealistic wishful thinking is causing the death of many at the hands of disease. Realistically, many abortions could be avoided if a morning-after pill were not viewed as such an evil option. Many of these same people bring children into the world at a high pace, and then would prefer that the rest of society take over and educate their children in their particular brand of religion when they don't plan well.

    In the U.S. recently we learned of the head of LCMS chastising a minister of that church for participating in a joint service for the victims of the Newtown school shooting.

    One sect calls homosexuality an abomination while the next one in the same denomination is already performing gay marriage.

    One sect, the Westboro Baptist Church believes Americans are being killed at war because America is too kind to "fags".

    One sect believes that Jesus and Satan were brothers and that Christ will return to Jerusalem AND Jackson County, Missouri.

    One sect believes women to be subservient, while another sect in the same denomination promotes equality between the sexes.

    Conflicted right from the very beginning, Christianity continues to splinter and create divisions and more extremism as it goes.

    Has anything improved with Christianity since 200+ years ago?

    Thomas Jefferson, POTUS #3 (from Notes on the State of Virginia):

    Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.

    James Madison, POTUS #4, chief architect of the U.S. Constitution & the Bill of Rights (from A Memorial and Remonstrance delivered to the Virginia General Assembly in 1785):

    During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution.

    John Adams, POTUS #2 (in a letter to Thomas Jefferson, 09/03/1816):

    I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved – the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced! With the rational respect that is due to it, knavish priests have added prostitutions of it, that fill or might fill the blackest and bloodiest pages of human history.

    Ben Franklin (from a letter to The London Packet, 3 June 1772):

    If we look back into history for the character of present sects in Christianity, we shall find few that have not in their turns been persecutors, and complainers of persecution. The primitive Christians thought persecution extremely wrong in the Pagans, but practised it on one another. The first Protestants of the Church of England, blamed persecution in the Roman church, but practised it against the Puritans: these found it wrong in the Bishops, but fell into the same practice themselves both here and in New England.

    Thomas Paine (from The Age of Reason):

    All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.

    March 16, 2013 at 11:23 am |
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