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"Pope Francis Did Not Denounce Me to Argentinian Junta", says Priest

Last edited 21st March 2013

Accusations that Pope Francis denounced two priests to Argentina's military junta during the 1970s have been denied by one of the survivors. Francisco Jalics issued an online statement on Wednesday to clear up what he said were misinterpretations of his earlier comments about the role played by the pope.

"I myself was once inclined to believe that we were the victims of a denunciation," Jalics said. "[But] at the end of the 90s, after numerous conversations, it became clear to me that this suspicion was unfounded. It is therefore wrong to assert that our capture took place at the initiative of Father Bergoglio."

Bergoglio has never been accused of a crime. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi noted on Friday that on the contrary "there have been many declarations demonstrating how much Bergoglio did to protect many persons at the time".

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Daniel Michel
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Daniel Michel wrote at 5:04pm on April 1st 2013
not really surprised; everyone wants to make him out to be a political figure. too bad to their disappointment he's more than that :) Viva Papa Francis!
Siuyin Ho
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Siuyin Ho wrote at 1:35pm on April 29th 2013
Not so much about whether he's a political figure or 'not' - cos the truth remains, he is the head of the Vatican State and is therefore a political figure whether people like it or not. But more to the point about which kind of political figure. I cannot for a moment think he would be the kind of person to denounce anyone to the strongholds of a military dictatorship - because for one thing, Pope Francis, Jorge Bergoglio, has always been someone who fought where he could for social justice and for the rights of the marginalized - so the accusations are flaming contrary to the truth of his own core convictions. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if these accusations were trumped up by secular opportunists masquerading as something they aint, as is often the case when it comes to such twists and turns in the agendas of those in the public arena who want to turn the truth inside out.