For New Pope, a Complex Association with Argentina's Dirty War

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pictures and newspaper clips of 'desaparecidos' (victims of forced disappearance) in a former illegal detention center in Rosario, Argentina. (Pablo D. Flores/Wikimedia Commons)

Pope Francis, formerly known as Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, joins the Vatican from Argentina, where the Catholic Church has a troubled history.

In 1976, a military junta seized control of the Argentine government, in the beginning of what became known as the Dirty War, in which thousands of people disappeared.

The Catholic Church, including then-Priest Jorge Bergolio, may have been complicit in the crimes perpetrated by the military regime. John Dinges, professor of journalism at Columbia University and author of "The Condor Years: How Pinochet and his Allies Brought Terrorism to Three Continents," explores the history of Argentina's Dirty War and the role of the Catholic Church. 


John Dinges

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [4]

Nelson Itterman from Alberta, Canada

I would sure be interested in the Pope Francis history in the dirty war.

Mar. 15 2013 12:33 PM
Ed from Larchmont

The main question was at the end of the interview:

"Do you know if the pope, then cardinal, negotiated behind the scenes with the Junta for these people?"

"No, we don't know."

Well, then why do you accuse him?

(And the view of Pope Pius XII above is not historical, but a slander from the play 'The deputy'.)

Mar. 15 2013 05:46 AM
Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from Bk

Pope Francis deserves no break. At the very least like Pius XII, at the very least he was silent in the face of tremendous evil. The Takeaway deserves much credit for tackling this right off the bat.

Mar. 14 2013 03:30 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Well, if Jesuits start disappearing again, the Pope will need to be brought in for questioning. Until then, let's give the new guy a break.

Mar. 14 2013 12:45 PM

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