Pope Francis role during Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’ come back again?

To my Catholic readers, I do not in any way wish to cast aspersions on a day of celebration. There is a concern regarding the new Pope that I believe it needs to come forward. Should we have a discussion of the role the Catholic Church and its involvement in politics? None more than the so-called “Dirty war” in Argentina. The Associated Press provides details on Francis’ relationship to the regime, and one can easily read Francis’ record in two different waysRead here. Please leave respectable comments.

Here are some comments to the article:

Comments:

What was the Church’s alternatives ? It was either support a right-wing dictatorship or face a left-wing firing squad. You think they didn’t remember what the communists did in Spain ?

Response:

If by that you mean “What else could the hierarchy have done?”, I would say that they could have taken their collective cue from the likes of Óscar Romero and shown a little moral fibre by opposing the torture, murder and oppression of their own people.

Will Francis’s role during Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’ come back to haunt him?

From 1973 to 1979, a period that overlapped with military dictatorship lasting from 1976 to 1983, Francis served as the top Argentine Jesuit official. During that time, the Catholic Church remained silent in the face of widespread human rights violations during the country’s so-called “Dirty War,” an effort by the military government to root out dissent by torture, murder, and disappearances.

Bergoglio has been criticized by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) for his behavior during the 1976-1983 dictatorship in Argentina, with some journalists claiming that he prevented human rights groups from finding political prisoners by imprisoning them in his vacation home.

From post at Guardian UK 

  •  Tuesday 4 January 2011

The sins of the Argentinian church

The Catholic church was complicit in dreadful crimes in Argentina. Now it has a chance to repent

Francis still arrives with something of a troubled history. As the head of the Jesuit Order during the country’s military dictatorship, he may be tainted by the church’s well-documented history of turning a blind eye to the regime’s practice of killing progressive priests.

To his credit, Bergoglio has in recent years spearheaded the Argentine Catholic Church’s effort to apologize for its collaboration with the military regime, and last October Argentine bishops apologized for their failure to speak out against human rights abuses.

But with his ascendance to the papacy, greater scrutiny than ever will be directed toward his record during the time of Argentina’s military regime. The information that emerges may come to define Francis’ papacy.

From 1973 to 1979, a period that overlapped with military dictatorship lasting from 1976 to 1983, Francis served as the top Argentine Jesuit official. During that time, the Catholic Church remained silent in the face of widespread human rights violations during the country’s so-called “Dirty War,” an effort by the military government to root out dissent by torture, murder, and disappearances. In several cases, Catholic priests collaborated with the government and were even in the room as prisoners were tortured. In February, an Argentine court ruled that the Catholic church hierarchy, of which Francis was arguably a member, had “closed its eyes” to the killing of progressive priests. In 2005, human rights lawyers filed a case against then-Cardinal Bergoglio alleging that he had been complicit in the kidnapping of two Jesuit priests.

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 Argentinian 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. The most shaming thing for the church is that in such circumstances Bergoglio’s name was allowed to go forward in the ballot to chose the successor of John Paul II. What scandal would not 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.

Bishops say no to Obama’s contraception, sterilization

So much for Obama’s effort to do his switcheroo and pull a fast one. What I found most offensive is that he thinks we are this stupid. This has to do with the Government and liberty. Does anyone think that once we go down this road and decisions about coverage are made  by bureaucrats that there is any end to this? Who will be the voice for those who need expensive orphan drugs that only a few need? Does anyone think that these drugs will be one of the approved drugs? Institutes and panels will decide how long and how much care we will get as we get older. For those who are healthy, trust me, you too fall prey to illness, and grow old. Here we go:

The organization wrote that it will continue pushing for a complete end to the birth-control mandate “with no less vigor, no less sense of urgency” than before the Obama administration decided to let nonprofit church-affiliated employers such as hospitals and universities, and not just churches, technically opt out of the requirement.

“The only complete solution to this religious liberty problem is for [the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] to rescind the mandate of these objectionable services,” the conference said in a statement released late Friday.

The bishops’ broadside is evidence that Obama’s effort to limit the damage from this unusually complicated moral, legal, medical and financial issue isn’t necessarily working.  Washington Post

Obama: ‘Contraceptives prevent ovarian cancer’

So Obama pulls off some more razzle dazzle. The best part is now contraceptive services prevent various cancers including ovarian cancer so the man says. The quote is in about the first minute of the video below. Tell me how this works.

The Catholic Church somehow is resolved of this issue by the insurance company not the Catholic Church providing this service.

President Obama just announced his plan to “accommodate” religious organizations being forced to provide free contraception. And guess what: he thinks the American people are idiots.

 

H/T: The Blaze/ Here’s what I mean:

  1. Obama just said that he won’t force employers with religious reservations to provide free contraception.
  2. Instead, he said he will now force the insurers to provide such services for free.
  3. But let’s ask this: who pays for those employees to have those policies? It’s the employers.
  4. Who do yo think the insurers will pass the cost of such “free” services onto? The employers.
  5. That means, in the end, employers will be paying for the “free” birth control. That’s basic economics.

For someone from the University of Chicago — home of the great free-market thinker Milton Friedman — President Obama really doesn’t seem to understand some basic economic principles. Or, maybe he does. And then the issue becomes this: he thinks he can fool you, and believes you’re not smart enough to notice.

This isn’t an accommodation or a compromise. It’s a joke. The Blaze/

White House:

Under the new policy to be announced today, women will have free preventive care that includes contraceptive services no matter where she works.  The policy also ensures that if a woman works for religious employers with objections to providing contraceptive services as part of its health plan, the religious employer will not be required to provide contraception coverage, but her insurance company will be required to offer contraceptive care free of charge.

The new policy ensures women can get contraception without paying a co-pay and addresses important concerns raised by religious groups by ensuring that objecting religious employers will not have to provide contraceptive coverage or refer women to organizations that provide contraception.  Background on this policy is included below: White House

Catholic Dolan: Obama lied to me over HHS Mandate

Beside the obvious fact that Dolan was gassed by Obama over the new HHS mandate, we get a glimpse into the future and how what and when we will receive specific services under Obamacare. How many others make the trek to the Oval Office and get their “dispensations”? Which drug company, which drugs, which technology?  My hunch? Obama thought he could make a deal with Dolan to deliver the  Catholic votes. Apparently, Dolan does not play. He will not sell out his beliefs to the great one. That must be a schock. Someone not for sale? This of course, is pure speculation on my part.

Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, head of the Archdiocese of New York, has now publicly criticized the Obama administration’s new HHS mandate. Specifically, he has stated that the President Obama betrayed a commitment made to him weeks ago in a personal meeting. CBS reports:

Dolan said he met with the president weeks ago in the Oval Office to talk about the law. Dolan said the president gave his promise the provision would go away, but it hasn’t. “It seems to be at odds with very sincere assurances that he gave me, that he wanted to continue to work with the church in these endeavors and views and projects he shared a passionate interest in, so I can’t figure it out,” Dolan said.

“When I left the Oval Office, where I was very grateful for his invitation to be there, I left with high hopes. That nothing his administration would do would impede the good work that he admitted and acknowledged in the church,” Dolan said. “And I’m afraid I don’t have those sentiments of hope now.

National Review

Nancy Pelosi – As a good Catholic I stand with HHS

Adrienne’s Corner snagged this piece of work called Nancy Pelosi. It is Friday, and time for a bit of amusement. Almost. If it wasn’t so serious an issue. Nancy is the gift that keeps on giving. Here we go, enjoy the clip.

Audio is difficult to hear, so here is the transcript:

QUESTION:  “The administration has issued a regulation that will require all healthcare plans to cover sterilization and all FDA approved contraceptives including those that induce abortions. This will force Catholic individuals and institutions to act against their consciences. All across the nation..”

PELOSI: “Is this a speech or do we have a question disguised as speech?”

QUESTION:We cannot and will not comply with this law.  Will you stand with your fellow Catholics in opposing this law?

PELOSI:  I’m going to stand with my fellow Catholics in supporting the administration on this. I think it was a very courageous decision that they made and I support it.

As Adriennne comments: Please take note of the weird shuffling of papers and rearranging of the podium by Pelosi. Is it  outright rudeness, or is she really losing it?   

 

‘No Constitutional Rights Issue’ in Forcing Catholics to Act Against Their Faith

Many have already posted about this issue, but there is something about the video I include, hearing Jay Carney opine, gives me that adrenaline rush of anger. Two points I will make. One, note that Carney says it was “the Institute” that made this decision. Recall the now infamous “death Panels” that Sarah Palin warned us about, and was excoriated. The second point, recall the George Stephanopoulos smack down over Contraception during one of the debates? We could not understand where he was coming from? Could it be possible that he knew this was coming, and wanted to get Romney, et al on the record? What a coincidence now. Here we go.

CNS News:

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says there are no “constitutional rights issues” involved in a regulation issued by the administration that requires all health-care plans in the United States to cover sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives, including those that induce abortions.

Because the Catholic Church holds that sterilization, artificial contraception and abortion are morally wrong and Catholic cannot be involved in them, the regulation in combination with the Obamacare mandate that all Americans buy health insurance will force American Catholics to choose between following the federal regulation or following the teachings of their church.

The regulation includes an exemption for “religious” employers, but to qualify for the exemption an employer must primarily employ people of its own faith, primarily serve people of its own faith, and primarily be involved in inculcating the tenets of the faith. In their comments to HHS on the regulation, the Catholic bishops said this “religious” exemption was so narrow Jesus Himself would not qualify for it. 

Priest Accused of Drowning Baby During Baptism

A sad case for all involved. Yet this is not the first time.

This criminal case in Moldova may be unique. Father Valentin is accused of accidental homicide after he allegedly drowned a baby during a baptism.

The six-week-old baby died on the way to hospital and an autopsy found the cause of death was drowning. The father said that the baby was clearly in distress after the submersions in the water by the priest. Notably, witnesses said that baby was crying before being submerged in the water three times.

The priest faces three years in jail.  Apparently drownings have occured before. Go visit Jonathan Turley site if you wish to see the vids. I prefer not to.

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