From the inception of his Vatican mandate in March 2013 until the recent sex scandal revelations in early 2018, Pope Francis has been portrayed by the Western media and the international community as a left leaning champion of “Liberation Theology” committed to World peace and global poverty alleviation.
Pope Francis is now accused of coverup and camouflage.
The former Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has intimated in an eleven page Testimony that Pope Francis was involved in the coverup of sex abuse allegations against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, from the outset of his papacy in March 2013. Vigano says that Pope Francis should step down from the papacy.
In his Testimony, Archbishop Vigano acknowledged that
“Bishops and priests, abusing their authority, have committed horrendous crimes to the detriment of their faithful, minors, innocent victims, and young men eager to offer their lives to the Church, or by their silence have not prevented that such crimes continue to be perpetrated. … We must have the courage to tear down the culture of secrecy and publicly confess the truths we have kept hidden.”
While these accusations directed against Pope Francis are far-reaching, they are, in many regards, “la punta dell’iceberg” (the tip of the iceberg). They pertain to abuse and horrendous crimes committed within the Catholic Church to which Pope Francis casually “turned a blind eye”.
But there is “More than Meets the Eye”. Who was Pope Francis before he became Pope?
Prior to his investiture, the insidous role of Jorge Maria Bergoglio in Argentina’s “Dirty War” was known and documented. Jorge Maria Bergoglio, appointed “Provincial” of the Order of Jesus in Argentina was one of the main supporters –within the Catholic hierarchy– of Argentina’s military dictatorship which came to power in March 1976.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio not only supported the military dictatorship, he also played a direct and complicit role in the “Dirty War” (la guerra sucia”) in liaison with the military Junta headed by General Jorge Videla, leading to the arrest, imprisonment, torture and disappearance of progressive Catholic priests and laymen who were opposed to Argentina’s military rule.
“While the two priests Francisco Jalics y Orlando Yorio, kidnapped by the death squads in May 1976 were released five months later.