Wojtyla beatified Nazis and did the CIA’s anti-communist bidding. Ratzinger was a member of the Hitler Youth. And now, the Vatican selects a Pope once connected with Argentina’s military dictatorship which disappeared thousands of leftists. The Catholic Church staunchly supported murderous coup governments in Latin America and the selection of Bergoglio from South America signals their dedication to overturning the continent’s progressive revolutions.
Mainstream media is already lionizing Argentine Cardinal Bergoglio, who today became Pope Francis I. Bergoglio has been discussed as a “moderate” and even a “liberation theologist.” Yet his interactions with Argentina’s President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, paint a picture of a man hostile to the progressive Bolivarian governments in Latin America.
As a bill legalizing marriage equality for gay couples made its way through the Senate, Bergoglio described it as having “destructive aims on God’s plan” and launched a failed to attempt to lobby senators to vote against it. He vocally opposed other social reforms such as gay adoption, upheld by Argentina’s Supreme Court, and the government’s free distribution of contraceptives. Cristina described Bergoglio’s reactionary worldview as reminiscent of “medieval times and the Inquisition.”
Though he once attacked former President Nestor Kirchner’s government as “immoral, illegitimate, and unjust” for not taking strong enough measures to support the nation’s poor, Bergoglio never uttered a word in opposition to the draconian military dictatorship that ruled Argentina with an iron fist. A 2011 piece in The Guardian highlights Bergoglio’s collusion with the regime:
What one did not hear from any senior member of the Argentine hierarchy was any expression of regret for the church’s collaboration and in these crimes. The extent of the church’s complicity in the dark deeds was excellently set out by Horacio Verbitsky, one of Argentina’s most notable journalists, in his book El Silencio (Silence). He recounts how the Argentine navy with the connivance of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, now the Jesuit archbishop of Buenos Aires, hid from a visiting delegation of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission the dictatorship’s political prisoners. Bergoglio was hiding them in nothing less than his holiday home in an island called El Silencio in the River Plate.
What scandal would have ensued if the first pope ever to be elected from the continent of America had been revealed as an accessory to murder and false imprisonment…
On Wednesday, Cristina announced via Twitter that the government had sent a congratulatory to Bergoglio. She also wished the new Pope a “fruitful” tenure based in promoting “justice, equality, fraternity and peace.” But a just, equal, and peaceful world is not one where the Vatican has a presence.