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Falklands : Falklands: WE CONCLUDE MONDAY’S BUSINESS
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 13.04.2013 (Article Archived on 27.04.2013)

There are already promises that the Vatican will not intervene in Falklands’ affairs. Next year the word “Argentine” could be dropped from the Pope’s title – Pontiff and not regional rhetoric spouting Cardinal.

WE CONCLUDE MONDAY’S BUSINESS

An Editorial by J. Brock (FINN)

 

News of Baroness Thatcher’s demise arrived while this was being processed.

 

In last Sunday’s St Mary’s newsletter there was an article about criticism that the new Pope Francis has received from his own country about his actions (or lack of them) during the kidnaping off two priests from his order during the dirty war.

 

Though diplomatic the article copied from the Vatican Information Service did not name the publications that were involved in the accusations.

 

FINN did an exhaustive search and found that the stories came almost entirely from the pen of one Horacio Verbitski, who writes for “Pagina 12,” “New Republic Magazine,” “Democracy Now” and “Vatican Crimes.”

 

Unfortunately the major news outlets picked up on the story without giving any credits to the author.  It appears that the work one man, who dislikes Clerics has flooded the newswires with his controversial point of view.

 

My own initial response to news of a Pope from Argentina was “God, you’ve got to be joking.”  It took a nanosecond for the press to call FINN for people’s opinions, so I had to get cracking and my work resulted in an editorial that was published the day after his election.

 

However, I don’t think reliance on the work of only one author makes credible research, so I will have an open mind about the Pope’s Dirty War actions unless and until the left-wing author is proved right or wrong. 

 

Nonetheless, I feel there are more people who can substantiate the ex-cathedra denunciation of Falklands’ right to self-determination spoken by him during the 30th Anniversary of the Conflict. 

 

One sole left-wing author may hold shaky journalistic recollections about the Dirty War actions of young priests but people get older and change. Perhaps we should give the Pontiff a chance to get his feet under the table and have time to reflect on the priorities of his job.  

 

Chances are that the “M” question is being pulled down several notches since the Pope received Mrs De Kirchner.  There are already promises that the Vatican will not intervene in Falklands’ affairs.  Next year the word “Argentine” could be dropped from the Pope’s title – Pontiff and not regional rhetoric spouting Cardinal.

 

 

The full Vatican Press Release is below.

 

Friday, March 15, 2013

RESPONSE TO ACCUSATIONS AGAINST BERGOGLIO IN ARGENTINA

 

Vatican City, 15 March 2013 (VIS) – At this afternoon's press conference, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., director of the Holy See Press Office read a statement responding to allegations made against Bergoglio in Argentina. It states:

 

“The campaign against Bergoglio is well-known and dates back to many years ago. It has been made by a publication that carries out sometimes slanderous and defamatory campaigns. The anticlerical cast of this campaign and of other accusations against Bergoglio is well-known and obvious.”

 

“The charges refer to the time before Jorge Mario Bergoglio became bishop [of Buenos Aires], when he was Provincial Superior of the Jesuits in Argentina and accuse him of not having protected two priests who were kidnapped.”

 

“This was never a concrete or credible accusation in his regard. He was questioned by an Argentinian court as someone aware of the situation but never as a defendant. He has, in documented form, denied any accusations.”

 

“Instead, there have been many declarations demonstrating how much Bergoglio did to protect many persons at the time of the military dictatorship. Bergoglio's role, once he became bishop, in promoting a request for forgiveness of the Church in Argentina for not having done enough at the time of the dictatorship is also well-known.”

 

“The accusations pertain to a use of historical-sociological analysis of the dictatorship period made years ago by anticlerical elements to attack the Church. They must be firmly rejected.”

ENDS

 

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