IS THE NEW POPE A MAN OF THE LEFT?
“Dirty War” Past of Argentina Also Stirred Up
By Harold Hutchison
Pope Francis I, elected earlier this week, is seen by some as one of the more liberal cardinals on some matters. According to a report by Newsmax.com, the new pope has expressed support for what is known as liberation theology.
The report, though, is disputed by Accuracy in Media, which in a report quoted a “Catholic insider” as saying, “Looks like we might have ourselves a relatively conservative new pope. He appears to be opposed to liberation theology and doesn’t approach ‘social justice’ from the political end.”
The pope, while serving as Archbishop of Buenos Aries and as the prefect of Jesuit priests in Argentina, dealt with not only the “Dirty War” against communists. Some left-wing outlets accused him of collaborating with the junta, but that was also disputed.
“Bergoglio was no accomplice of the dictatorship. He can't be accused of that,” said 1980 Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel, who documented many of the junta’s actions.
The new pope, however, is seen as possibly favoring Argentina’s position in the dispute over the Falkland Islands. In a 2012 Mass commemorating the 30th anniversary of the war, he said, “We come to pray for those who have fallen, sons of the homeland who set out to defend their mother, the homeland, to claim the country that is theirs and they were usurped.”