Catholic Bishops Deny Role in Argentine Junta

Catholic Bishops Deny Role in Argentine Junta

"Former dictator Jorge Videla [left] said earlier this year that those who ran the church at the time were accomplices to criminal acts carried out in a government-sponsored crackdown on leftist dissidents during Argentina's 'dirty war.' ... Argentina's Catholic Church apologized in 2000 for mistakes made during the dictatorship. ... the violation of liberties, torture and betrayal, in political persecution and ideological intransigence.' ..."

By ALMUDENA CALATRAVA

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Roman Catholic bishops on Friday denied claims by a former dictator that the church was complicit in crimes committed by Argentina's 1976-1983 military regime.

The bishops said they were open to a profound review of the church's role during those years, which human rights groups say resulted in the killing of up to 30,000 people by the junta.

...We're committed to promoting a thorough study of these events in the search for truth, with the certainty that it will set us free, the bishops said in a statement. "That's why we're committed to review everything within our reach."...

As they did 12 years ago, the bishops asked for forgiveness for the behavior of some members of the church during the brutal dictatorship.

Former dictator Jorge Videla said earlier this year that those who ran the church at the time were accomplices to criminal acts carried out in a government-sponsored crackdown on leftist dissidents during Argentina's "dirty war."

Videla is serving a life sentence for kidnapping, torture and murder.

He was also convicted and sentenced to 50 years earlier this year for a systematic program to steal babies from mothers who were held in torture centers. The babies were turned over to military families or to allies of the regime and illegally registered as their children.

The activist group Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo says some 500 children were born while their mothers were in captivity.

The bishops urged anyone with information on the "disappeared" or on the stolen children to contact the authorities.

...We know there are deep open wounds among many families after the kidnapping, seizing, or the disappearance of a loved one, the bishops' statement said. "We share everyone's pain and once again ask the forgiveness of everyone we failed or didn't support as we should have."...

While denying the church was complicit in the dictatorship's crimes, the bishops said they did not know "in-depth" how much their predecessors "personally knew about what was really going on" at the time.

Argentina's Catholic Church apologized in 2000 for mistakes made during the dictatorship.

In a statement then, the church said:

...We ask forgiveness for our responsibility in being silent and the participation of your children in ... the violation of liberties, torture and betrayal, in political persecution and ideological intransigence....

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Joshua Switky
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Examples of how CIA-Hollywood shields Americans from its horrors: > The Church Committee hearings on the assassination of Chile’s General Schneider was decoyed as the macho jerk “Schneider” on the tv sitcom ‘One Day at a Time.’ > The CIA-backed murder of leftists called Operation Condor was decoyed as a Robert Redford movie called ‘Three Days of the Condor’ but with the nice CIA guy as the victim of ‘bad CIA apples.’ > Later CIA-Disney would counter both Operation Condor and Ariel Dorfman’s expose of Disney as propaganda with a kiddie flick called ‘Condor Man’ about a comic strip artist… Read more »
Lyle Courtsal
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Thank yo Joshua for your insight on the pigs. And try the huge ones in that illness of a movie, Forrest Gump. Forrest rescues his childhood sweetie from those bad ole’ hippies who wanted her for themselves; sure nazis. Actually the truth of the 60’s was almost exactly the opposite; the hippies would save the women from the idiot nazis coming home from the Vietnam war figuring they had a right to the woman. So once again the truth of history is turned on its head by the usual hollywood liars and fascists. Oh, those durned hippies; why can’t they… Read more »
Lyle Courtsal
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One ms. X I know was repeatedly beaten up by a string of psychos who thought they had a right; and now she is in near constant, near-fatal pain, and not one person here in naziland USA helps her. See them in hell too, and that good day is coming sooner than any of them would like; burn, baby, burn, for eternity, in hell, ya lying nazi pigs.

Lyle Courtsal
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NACLA: report on the Americas used to report on the child trafficking and the body parts trade in the small blurb sections before Soros took it over and made it into a propaganda rag. This is how it works; the nazis kill off one or both parents and harvest parts for their friends in high places all over the world. Then they take the children and sell them on the adoption black markets to “suitable” nazi families, not those “degenerate” comminists. Now it comes out that nicey nicey israel is giving ethiopian jewish women depo-provera shots and saying they’re “inoculations”… Read more »
Lyle Courtsal
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See, in the catholic church’s rightwing, there’s the fascist zealots much like Father Coughlin ranting his antichristic nazi crap all over the amerikkkan airwaves, and then there’s the spectators who glom onto the message but hide out and share in living room settings. Gee, can I get any media access in the US for my true christian message a’ la James? No, I am not a corporate puppet or a devil worshipper in drag selling crap to the masses. I am actually trying to articulate accurate theological stands on many complicated issues that are oversimplified and sensationalized in the corporate… Read more »
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