Bitter Past: Pope Francis and Argentina’s Dirty War

Last week over a billion Catholics around the world watched as the Vatican conclave elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the next Pope. But now, as researchers like Professor Michel Chossudovsky of the University of Ottawa are pointing out, Bergoglio’s past points to his likely involvement in crimes against humanity. This is the GRTV Feature Interview with your host James Corbett and our special guest Professor Michel Chossudovsky.


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  1. +James Corbett I can't believe you would take the word of a Jew! Michel Chossudovsky is the son of a Jew and a mother who is Irish Protestant. Both enemies of Catholics. You give take this man solely at his word with no proof! Why don't you expose the Mexican Revolution for which Pres. Plutarco Calles got a medal of honor from the Scottish rite of Freemasonry for killing over 100,000 Catholics including priests. The Jews have high jacked the true meaning of "social justice"..equality for the poor, into a dirty fearful word designating Communism. Of course the Zionist corporate elites would not want equality for the poor!

  2. Reminds me of the rabbit holes of isabel allenda, the strange travels of michelle bachelet, and the rise of rigoberta menchu. It is surprising to see the patterns used in rwanda, armenia, guatamala, and germany and their relative effectiveness of directing history. Psychopaths in all elements of society.

  3. Pope Francis is a jew. He ofcourse collaborated with the jewish freemasonic junta in Argentina. South America is in jewish hands. All countries In South America have a jewish banking system. Jewish media. And jewish trained law enforcement. jewish real estate etc . Like in the U.S.
    The pope supports the gay and transgender movements. That's what you get having a jew pope. All turns to shit.

  4. Your guest is not distinguishing between the Diocesan Bishops and the various religious orders, such as the Jesuits. Many of the orders (Maryknolls, most Jesuits and Paulists) from the US were proponents of Marxist (Guiterrez and Boff).
    It was some of the Bishops who were conservative and tired to maintain ties with the Junta.

  5. Catholics! Pope Francis has an ugly past no different than Hitler’s.  The pope during World War II sided with Hitler in the killing of 6 million Jews. Fellow Catholics, please give no money to these priests so that the hierarchy collapses more quickly¡!  Católicos!  El pasado del Papa Francisco en Argentina es muy sucio no diferente a Hitler.  Papa Francisco supo que la junta militar mataba a estudiantes inocentes y los aventaba al mar. ¡Este hombre, Papa Francisco, no tiene nada que ver con Dios!  ¡Tenemos que sacarlos de nuestro casa de Dios lo más pronto posible!  Por favor, ya no le den dinero para que caigan más rápidamente.

  6. Love how lefty people complain anytime commies are routed in any country, and throw out over inflated death totals. All the while ignoring the 100,000,00 people killed by Communists in the 20th Century.  Can you hear that? The rotors are warming up…free chopper rides for commies!

  7. …The church has blessed brutal Fascist regimes since Franco's Spain. Hitler also received the blessings of the Mother Church, as did Mussolini, Trujillo, Pinochet, and the Argentine death squads. The Catholic church is nothing more than a tool for the ruling elites in Europe and Latin America. I am Catholic but am appalled at the level of criminality within the church hierarchy, including but not limited to money laundering thru its bank for narcotics and drug cartels and the CIA, which is nothing more than a cocaine importing agency and notorious for carrying out assassinations, coups, and other crimes against humanity (along with Mossad, ISI, Ml6, the Saudi intelligence regime, and many many other criminal organisations around the globe)….

  8. But, this it is not a unique case. That is the way the Catholic Church work since long time ago. The Church in United States be Protestant or Evangelical can't be so active in political issues like United States allow the Catholic Church take actions in Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Salvador, Honduras and now in Cuba too. These people are saying, George Washington, was an idiot, because, this is the way that we are supposed to ruled the world. Completely wrong. As religious people they are jealous for preachers in United States be preaching in front 15 000 members. But, tell me, what the Catholic Church or any priest can talk in front 5 thousands members? Nothing. Particularly in Cuba, the first time the Pope went to Cuba secular people was the big supporters, because, the Church was totally empty with any answer to the public. Why, protestant churches were with an answer to the people in very peaceful way? Well, because, those churches are not involved in political issues. But, the Catholic Church is a fake religious institution involved in political issues and it is not supposed to be in that way. For that reason, they hate the way Mexico little by little is pushing out the influence of the Catholic Church from political issues. But, United States push out Israel to embrace now the Vatican with little bit more devotion.

  9. Bergoglio was the subject of allegations regarding the kidnapping of two Jesuit priests during Argentina's Dirty War.[81] He feared for the priests' safety and had tried to change their work prior to their arrest; however, contrary to reports, he never tried to throw them out of the Jesuit order.[82] In 2005, a human rights lawyer filed a criminal complaint against Bergoglio, as superior in the Society of Jesus of Argentina, accusing him of involvement in the Navy's kidnapping of the two priests in May 1976.[83] The lawyer's complaint did not specify the nature of Bergoglio's alleged involvement, and Bergoglio's spokesman flatly denied the allegations. The lawsuit was ultimately dismissed.[81] The priests, Orlando Yorio and Franz Jalics, had been tortured,[84] but found alive five months later, drugged and semi-naked. Yorio accused Bergoglio of effectively handing them over to the death squads by declining to tell the regime that he endorsed their work. Yorio (who died in 2000) said in a 1999 interview that he believed that Bergoglio did nothing "to free us, in fact just the opposite".[85] Jalics initially refused to discuss the complaint after moving into seclusion in a German monastery.[86] However, two days after the election of Pope Francis, Jalics issued a statement confirming the kidnapping and attributing the cause to a former lay colleague who became a guerrilla, was captured, and named Yorio and Jalics when interrogated.[87] The following week, Jalics issued a second, clarifying statement: "It is wrong to assert that our capture took place at the initiative of Father Bergoglio … the fact is, Orlando Yorio and I were not denounced by Father Bergoglio."[88][89]

    Bergoglio told his authorized biographer, Sergio Rubin, that after the priests' imprisonment, he worked behind the scenes for their release; Bergoglio's intercession with dictator Jorge Rafael Videla on their behalf may have saved their lives.[90] In 2010, Bergoglio told Sergio Rubin that he had often sheltered people from the dictatorship on church property, and once gave his own identity papers to a man who looked like him, so he could flee Argentina.[84] The interview with Rubin, reflected in the biography El jesuita, is the only time Bergoglio has spoken to the press about those events.[91] Alicia Oliveira, a former Argentine Judge, has also reported that Bergoglio helped people flee Argentina during the military regime.[92] Since Francis became Pope, Gonzalo Mosca[93] and José Caravias[94] have related to journalists accounts of how Bergoglio helped them flee the Argentine dictatorship.

    Oliveira described the future Pope as "anguished" and "very critical of the dictatorship" during the Dirty War.[95] Oliveira met with him at the time and urged Bergoglio to speak out—he told her that "he couldn't. That it wasn't an easy thing to do."[85] Artist and human rights activist Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1980, said: "Perhaps he didn't have the courage of other priests, but he never collaborated with the dictatorship … Bergoglio was no accomplice of the dictatorship."[96][97] Graciela Fernández Meijide, member of the Permanent Assembly for Human Rights, also said that there was no proof linking Bergoglio with the dictatorship. She told to the Clarín newspaper: "There is no information and Justice couldn't prove it. I was in the APDH during all the dictatorship years and I received hundreds of testimonies. Bergoglio was never mentioned. It was the same in the CONADEP. Nobody mentioned him as instigator or as anything."[98] Ricardo Lorenzetti, President of the Argentine Supreme Court, also has said that Bergoglio is "completely innocent" of the accusations.[99] Historian Uki Goñi pointed that, during the early 1976, the military regime still had a good image among society, and that the scale of the political repression was not known until much later; Bergoglio would have had little reason to suspect that the detention of Yorio and Jalics could end up in their deaths.[100]

    When Bergoglio became Pope, an alleged photo of him giving the sacramental bread to dictator Jorge Rafael Videla became viral in social networks. It has also been used by the newspaper Página 12.[101] The photo was soon proved to be false. It was revealed that the father, whose face is not visible in the photo, was Carlos Berón de Astrada. The photo was taken at the church "Pequeña Obra de la Divina Providencia Don Orione" in 1990 (not during the dirty war), after his presidential pardon. The foto was produced by the agency AFP and it was initially published by the Crónica newspaper.[102]

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