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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.

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  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    March 16, 2013 at 8:16 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!.

      March 16, 2013 at 9:24 am |
    • Really?

      "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things"

      That's why the data, has shown that atheists have happier and healthier lives than conservative Christians. Your post is built on a lie!

      March 16, 2013 at 9:28 am |
  2. enriquetabrasini

    upto I saw the paycheck which had said $7472, I did not believe that my neighbours mother was like they say realy receiving money parttime on their apple laptop.. there uncles cousin started doing this less than 13 months and a short time ago paid for the mortgage on their place and purchased a great new Mazda MX-5. go to,.............. BIT40. ℂOℳ

    March 16, 2013 at 6:00 am |
  3. @ non believer

    If you vote for a christian, you are guilty.

    March 15, 2013 at 10:25 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      It's hard not to in the current climate; many candidates wouldn't get on the ballot if they didn't claim adherence to the superstition.

      March 15, 2013 at 10:28 pm |
  4. @you dysfunctional famuly churchgoers

    You do not call the law on your members caught committing crimes of statutory raype.
    You call yourselves, you who are not authorized to deal with criminal behavior.
    You do this as wolves in sheeps clothes.

    March 15, 2013 at 10:21 pm |
    • ..

      And you are that stupid drunk Philip Douglas Answerman. Go to bed, sleep it off, and please, no more drunk posting. You look even more unhinged than you usually do, moron. And it's spelled rape. And family. Goddamed ignorant lout.

      March 15, 2013 at 11:40 pm |
  5. @you athiests who vote for christians

    You diss God and vote for men proclaiming to be godly men...men who SWEAR on the bible. You call yourself a liar. You are as an ox with 'yes' and 'no' branded onto each hindquarter.
    You have decieved your fellow man, and will pay.

    March 15, 2013 at 10:08 pm |
    • ..

      And who is going to make us pay, you impotent little dork? You? Have you ever voted in your life, or are you one of those moronic loons who sit there on election day, too drunk to go vote, and then act all self-righteous about the state of our country without lifting a finger to do anything about it except spout off lame shit on a blog? Who the fuck cares what you think, you limp dick?
      Shut up. You are an asshole.

      March 15, 2013 at 11:46 pm |
  6. bethany

    hate speech.

    not once. not twice. not spontaneous utterances.

    premeditated, continuous, hate-filled, violent threats aimed directly at christians publicly-repeatedly, as in over and over and over and over leaving no doubt of their intended purpose

    March 15, 2013 at 9:18 pm |
    • .

      You utter hate sppech constantly against atheists and gay people. Pot, meet kettle. Typical hypocrisy.

      March 15, 2013 at 9:32 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      bethany, Every post I've seen from you is anti-atheist venom. Pot Kettle Black methinks

      March 15, 2013 at 10:31 pm |
  7. @you athiests who vote for christians

    You are guilty of conspiring to defraud the US TAXPAYER, and will repay every penny stolen! (just as Jesus Christ said)

    March 15, 2013 at 8:56 pm |
    • End Religion

      i fart in your general direction.

      March 15, 2013 at 9:00 pm |
    • Really-O?

      Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.

      March 15, 2013 at 9:04 pm |
    • Akira

      Grail gold!

      March 15, 2013 at 9:36 pm |
    • 26DGarner1025

      You haven't got a clue as to how laws and government work, do you? You, old chap, are out of your fucking mind. I'll bet you've never voted in your life, have you?

      March 15, 2013 at 9:46 pm |
  8. Answerman

    Beat your swords into farming impliments, or die.

    March 15, 2013 at 8:51 pm |
    • 26DGarner1025

      *implements

      March 15, 2013 at 9:42 pm |
  9. Answerman

    Consider the lives lost to religious wars throughour history. Now that we know science is true, each life lost during these so-called "holy wars" where some "God" fought on one or both sides....consider these as victims of mansllaughter.
    Execute all christian war mongers and those who support them, as would have to be done for org religion to end, otherwise wchristian warmongers and supporters would have to convert to the Ways of peace as outlined BY JESUS CHIRST!

    March 15, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
    • ..

      Execute idiots who go by the handle "Answerman".

      March 15, 2013 at 11:52 pm |
  10. Answerman

    Also, as any written law implies, those who voted for men and women who touted this God of the bible as being true are guilty even if not premeditated. Involuntary manslaughter for the lives lost to religious wars, where even Catholic killed Catholic, for example.

    March 15, 2013 at 8:39 pm |
    • Akira

      Get help. You're ill.

      March 15, 2013 at 9:38 pm |
  11. Answerman

    The answer is 'Yes', being that science (and/or the latest version of science) is true and faithful and that men of science know more than men of the bible, then it goes without saying that christian political leaders have been defrauding taxpayers for decades! and should pay.

    March 15, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
  12. Eye a gree

    Science wins. There is no God of the bible.
    And so, all political and religious leaders who have been claiming science is bs need to be charged with conspiracy to defraud the human race.

    March 15, 2013 at 8:28 pm |
  13. @end religion peeps

    If what you say is true...that there is no God of the bible...then every christian political leader is guilty of defrauding the US taxpayer. Religous orgs owe US back taxes!
    This defrauding of America will NOT go unpunished! Justice to the fraudsters!

    March 15, 2013 at 7:33 pm |
    • Akira

      You sound just like Answerman. Did you take a new name?

      March 15, 2013 at 7:45 pm |
    • End Religion

      ...snoooooore..... argle bargle... *sniff* ... . zzzzzzzz.... snooooooooooore............

      March 15, 2013 at 9:04 pm |
  14. NAZI War Hero

    Drats. I wanted another Panzer Priest to be pope. Ratz. Gotta love Ratzenberger.

    March 15, 2013 at 6:49 pm |
    • Akira

      Who is Ratzenberger?

      March 15, 2013 at 7:49 pm |
  15. Indy Religion

    End religion. Arrest all christian politicians and charge them with defrauding the US taxpayer. Charge any citizen that voted for a christian as being accomplices.
    We all know ther is no fairy tale hellgod. End this charade. Throw the frauds into prison with the sodomites!

    March 15, 2013 at 6:46 pm |
    • Akira

      You sound like Answerman, also. Did you take yet another handle?

      March 15, 2013 at 7:47 pm |
    • .

      Indy, you sound certifiably insane. Throw everbody who votes in jail? Everyone who votes are sodomites? Lunatic.
      Hey, don't like this country? There's lotsa other countries to flee to. Pack your bags. Moron.

      March 15, 2013 at 8:12 pm |
  16. SAAB

    not that kind of Popes you want, everyone is expendable.

    March 15, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
  17. 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 15, 2013 at 1:11 pm |

    • ..

      March 15, 2013 at 1:12 pm |
  18. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    March 15, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Nothing fails like prayer

      March 15, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      March 15, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
    • Really?

      "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things"

      That's why the data, has shown that atheists have happier and healthier lives than conservative Christians. Your post is built on a lie!

      March 15, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Really? So is your post.

      March 15, 2013 at 6:12 pm |
  19. St. Montius Pythonus

    A wee songy in honor of the new Pope's bravery in the face of the dictatorship and Dirty War:

    Brave Pope Francis ran away.
    Bravely ran away away.
    When danger reared it's ugly head,
    He bravely turned his tail and fled.
    Yes, brave Pope Francis turned about
    And gallantly he chickened out
    Bravely taking to his feet,
    He beat a very brave retreat.
    Bravest of the braaaave, Pope Francis!

    Read more: MONTY PYTHON – BRAVE SIR ROBIN RAN AWAY LYRICS

    March 15, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
    • Akira

      Ah, it's always a good day when the first thing I see is a paraprased song from 'Monty Python And The Holy Grail'!
      Thanks!

      March 15, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
  20. It's just so hard to find good popes these days

    This guy didn't last a week before his dubious past came back to haunt him

    March 15, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
    • Akira

      Let the scrutinizing begin.

      March 15, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
    • SAAB

      let's see how long before it'll take he resigns too!!

      March 15, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
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