Pope Bergoglio, Reactionary Opponent of Argentina’s Cristina Kirchner


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.

Nina Westbury

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.


8 thoughts on “Pope Bergoglio, Reactionary Opponent of Argentina’s Cristina Kirchner

  1. You don’t do fuck all for research. Bergoglio and Kirchner have been at each others throats for years. Kirchner had his cathedral raided for giving anti-goverment sermons. Kirschner is as corrupt as corrput gets, and Bergoglio, though severely un-progressive, took a stand against her and the state.

    • “Bergoglio, though severely un-progressive, took a stand against her and the state.”

      If only he had taken a stand against the dictatorship which included fellow Jesuits among its victims.

      Cristina’s presidency has been imperfect but in general she has championed rights for the oppressed and enfranchised those who for so long were voiceless.

      A representative of the Vatican has no authority to speak of corruption, “illegitimate” governments, or inaction on poverty.

    • Dick

      You said:

      “Bergoglio and Kirchner have been at each others throats for years. Kirchner had his cathedral raided for giving anti-goverment sermons.”

      This is most interesting. He is giving sermons against a democratically elected government aligned with the Bolivarian Revolution, yet in past he was silent when death squads operating within the parameters of the CIA’s Operation Condor (an imperialist plot to destroy socialist movements in Latin America) under the Argentinian dictatorship, murdered tens of thousands of innocent people.

      Pope Francis (Jorge Mario Bergoglio) Never Opposed Argentina’s Murderous Dictatorship


      He was a moral coward at least and quite possibly a criminal accomplice of the junta at the time.

      He betrayed liberation priests to save his own life.

      He blatantly failed to testify against the dictatorship when called upon to do so. Yet as you say, he is giving anti-government sermons now.

      The Vatican is a corrupt political instrument of Empire, nothing more.

      They go from appointing a Nazi to a man that hid the crimes against humanity in Argentina and may well have colluded with the fascist dictatorship. If this does not expose the appalling sham that is the Catholic Church, what does?

      And I have not even addressed centuries of the Catholic Church’s crimes against women and children, their support for imperialist colonial wars and their barbaric inquisitions!

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