The Jorge Mario Bergoglio-Pope Francis Documents

A brief of Jorge Mario Bergolio-Pope Francis’s activities concerning human rights and crimes against children

Ever since Jorge Mario Bergolio was elected the Pope there were  questions.  Questions like why would the Catholic archdiocese elect a person who as the head of the Catholic Church in Argentina, where pedophilia is  legal ,did not speak against pedophilia when he was in Argentina? Why would they do this at a time when the Catholic Church in nearly every county on the planet was being rocked with scandalous allegations of sexual abuse against children.  Why when the Church’s official stance on pedophilia is “Zero Tollerance”?
And now, after just  five years since Bergoglio’s election there are calls for his resignation in response to allegations that he has covered up pedophiliac crimes.

                The answer is no doubt to be found with internet research.  If you query the words Pope, Catholic scandal, or Pope Francis etc; etc; you will find nothing but positive information about Pope Francis. But if you Google something like Mario Bergolio | Scandal or child molestation there is much information including videos. There is mounting evidence that the Pope is involved in difficult to believe sinister activities. I will also add this. we were skeptical and cautious before posting this. In the 10 years that this blog has existed there has not been a  post that turned out to be completely false. I’m confident that this story is more likely than not, a  representation of the truth.
                Before we explore personal history of Bergoglio before he was elected the Pope it’s prudent to discuss the modern history of the Catholic Church and exactly how and why the Church became its own country.  It begins in pre-WWII
The ‘Roman Question’ was a dispute between church and state in Italy. With the completed unification of Italy in 1870, the papacy objected to the Italian seizure of Rome and the Papal States. This conflict continued until 1929 when Mussolini created the Lateran Treaty, which created Vatican City for the Catholic Church.
                What about this agreement?  Nazi Germany was gaining power in Europe,  Benito Mussolini had seized power in Italy  but the Catholic Church claimed Rome, the Capitol of Italy Church occupation. Mussolini had a problem. The situation was this. It was all about the power of the Pope and the relations between the Catholic Church, the State in Italy, the Holy See and the Catholic world.
                As Italy slipped into political chaos, Mussolini declared that only he could restore order and was given the authority in 1922 as prime minister. He gradually dismantled all democratic institutions. By 1925, he had made himself dictator, taking the title “Il Duce” (the Leader). However how could Mussolini rule Italy if the Catholic Church claimed Rome and  religious rights to the State?  Both Mussolini and his friend Adolf Hitler didn’t need the Catholic Church interfering  in their plans to take over Europe but more important the Catholic Church threatened Mussolini’s power should the Church not support Italy’s alliance with Germany. As Hitler’s cruelty toward the Jews escalated so did the Catholic Church’s dilemma.
                On February 11th 1929 the Catholic Church entered into an agreement with Mussolini  called the Lateran Accords. This agreement between the Kingdom of Italy and the Holy See, settled the “Roman Question”. It recognized Vatican City as an independent state, with the Italian government, agreed to give the Roman Catholic Church financial compensation for the loss of the Papal States and give the Church ownership of  a section of land. Later in 1947, this Lateran Treaty was recognized in the Constitution of Italy.
                In 1929 of most importance to Hitler and Mussolini was this paragraph in the agreement, “The Pope was pledged to perpetual neutrality in international relations and to abstention from mediation in a controversy unless specifically requested by all parties. 
And of most importance to the Catholic Church was the first article of the treaty wherein  Italy reaffirmed the principle established in the 4 March 1848 Statute of the Kingdom of Italy, that “the Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Religion is the only religion of the State.”  (so much for freedom of religion) 
                The Catholic Church was then a sovereign country called Vatican City, free to create laws, establish taxes, and decide the Church’s definition of morality. And yet the Church still had a religious grasp on all of Italy.
The Church said nothing publicly as Hitler murdered a million Jews. They said nothing as Mussolini committed human rights violations against the citizens of Italy.  It was all OK with the Catholic Church as long as Vatican City was preserved.  It’s unlikely their agreement with Mussolini would have meant much to Hitler though, had he won the war. In the event that Hitler had won the war the silence of the Church would have been at a horrible cost.  And so we can see a precedence was made. The Catholic Pope’s silence to preserve the church would be carried on by future Pope’s.
A FUTURE POPE
                Jorge Mario Bergoglio; was born 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina and is one of the five children of an Italian middle-class marriage formed by Mario, a railway employee, and Regina Sívori, a housewife. He would have been a young boy when he witnessed or heard of the Church’s inaction to the atrocities committed by Hitler and Mussolini. It’s unknown exactly what the Argentinian Churches response to Hitler’s and Mussolini’s actions were but it is known that prior to the end of the war German Nazi’s sought safety and refuge in Argentina.
Bergoglio entered the Villa Devoto seminary. On March 11, 1958 he went to the novitiate of the Society of Jesus, studied humanities in Chile, and in 1960 went back to Buenos Aires and obtained a degree in Philosophy at the Colegio Máximo San José, in the town of San Miguel. He worked briefly as a chemical technologist and nightclub bouncer before beginning seminary studies. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1969, and from 1973 to 1979 was Argentina’s provincial superior of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). He became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998 and was created a cardinal in 2001 by Pope John Paul II. He led the Argentine Church during the December 2001 riots in Argentina. He was elected Pope in 2013.
 There are allegations of Bergogilo’s personal participation in child trafficking and  assaults against children before becoming the Pope.
BERGOGLIO’S ARGENTINA CHURCH
                     The unique importance of whistleblowers in Argentina.                            BishopAccountability.org
                Jorge Mario Bergoglio was archbishop of Buenos Aires from 1998 to 2013 and president of the Argentine bishops’ conference from 2005 to 2011. During these years, as church officials in the US and Europe began addressing the catastrophe of child sexual abuse by clergy – and even as Popes John Paul II and Benedict made public statements – Bergoglio stayed silent about the humanity crisis in Argentina.
                He released no documents, no names of accused priests, no tallies of accused priests, no policy for handling abuse, not even an apology to victims.
In his many homilies and statements (archived on the Buenos Aires archdiocesan website), he attacked government corruption, wealth inequities, and human sex trafficking, but he said nothing about sexual violence by priests.
                                        Questions about Bergoglio’s role in five abuse cases
                The factors that have produced disclosure by bishops and religious superiors in other countries – civil action by victims, investigations of the church by prosecutors, and governmental inquiries – have occurred little or not at all in the Federal Capital of Buenos Aires, which is the territory of the archdiocese. As a result, almost no information has emerged about Cardinal Bergoglio’s direct management of accused priests. Only one Buenos Aires archdiocesan priest – Carlos Maria Gauna – has been publicly accused. But in the high-profile cases of four child molesters from religious orders or other dioceses – Grassi, Pardo, Picciochi, and Sasso – there is evidence that Bergoglio knowingly or unwittingly slowed victims in their fight to expose and prosecute their assailants. Victims of all four offenders say that they sought the cardinal’s help. None of them received it, even those who were poor, struggling on the periphery of society – the people whom Pope Francis has championed. (According to Bergoglio’s former spokesman, the cardinal declined to meet with victims.)
  • Fr. Julio César Grassi – Grassi was convicted in 2009 of molesting a boy who had lived in a home for street children that Grassi founded. After Grassi’s conviction, Bergoglio commissioned a secret study to persuade Supreme Court judges of Grassi’s innocence. Bergoglio’s intervention is believed to be at least part of the reason that Grassi remained free for more than four years following his conviction. He finally was sent to jail in September 2013. See our detailed summary of the Grassi case with links to articles.
  • Fr. Rubén Pardo – In 2003, a priest with AIDS who had admitted to his bishop that he had sexually assaulted a boy was discovered to be hiding from law enforcement in a vicarage in the archdiocese of Buenos Aires, then headed by Bergoglio. Pardo also was reportedly hearing children’s confessions and teaching in a nearby school. One of Bergoglio’s auxiliary bishops, with whom he met every two weeks, appears to have lived at the vicarage at the same time. Typically, an ordinary must give permission for a priest to live and work in his diocese. It is unlikely that Pardo lived and ministered in Buenos Aires without Bergoglio’s approval. See our detailed summary of the Pardo case.
  • Brother Fernando Enrique Picciochi, S.M. – After a victim discovered that his abuser had fled Argentina to the US, eluding law enforcement, the victim sought Bergoglio’s help in getting released from the confidentiality order imposed by the cleric’s religious order. He conveyed his request in meetings with Bergoglio’s private secretary and with the auxiliary bishop, current archbishop Mario Poli. The archdiocese would not help. See our detailed summary of the Picciochi case.
  • Rev. Mario Napoleon Sasso – In 2001, following a diagnosis as a pedophile at a church-run treatment center, Sasso was made pastor of a very poor parish with a community soup kitchen in the Zárate-Campana diocese. In 2002-2003, he sexually assaulted at least five little girls in his bedroom off the soup kitchen. In 2006, with Sasso in jail but not yet convicted, the parents of the little girls reportedly sought Bergoglio’s help. Bergoglio was then president of the Argentine bishops’ conference, and the soup kitchen was just 25 miles from the Buenos Aires archdiocese. Bergoglio would not meet with them. See our detailed summary of the Sasso case.
  • Rev. Carlos Maria Gauna – Gauna was an archdiocesan priest under Bergoglio’s direct supervision. In 2001, two girls at a school filed a criminal complaint saying Gauna had touched them inappropriately. Bergoglio reportedly was going to look into it. Gauna still works in the Buenos Aires archdiocese. Notably, he’s now a deacon and a hospital chaplain – possible indicators that Bergoglio considered the allegations credible but decided to demote him rather than remove him from ministry. See our detailed summary of the Gauna case. BishopAccountability.org
BILL BERKOWITZ FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT
              Pope Francis FINAL based on the information I’ve garnered over the past week or so, it would not be fair to characterize Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio – now Pope Francis – as having been complicit with the military dictatorship’s imprisonment, torture and murder of more than 30,000 Argentinians during that country’s “Dirty War.” {1976-1983}  It would be a lot closer to the truth, however, to see him as a man of inaction; one who, for whatever political, religious and/or personal reasons, chose to remain silent.
                While it may be understandable that Bergoglio was unwilling to risk his life during the “Dirty War,” which would have been threatened had he vigorously spoken out against the military dictatorship’s human rights abuses, it is far less understandable why, for the longest time, he has remained virtually indifferent to those who suffered at the hands of  sexually abusive clergy in Argentina. 
                The Washington Post’s Nick Miroff recently reported on the case of Father Julio Cesar Grassi, an Argentine priest who, in 2009 was convicted of sexual abuse, and is now free on appeal. According to Miroff,
“In the years after Grassi’s conviction, Bergoglio … has declined to meet with the victim of the priest’s crimes or the victims of other predations by clergy under his leadership. He did not offer personal apologies or financial restitution, even in cases in which the crimes were denounced by other members of the church and the offending priests were sent to jail.”
               ” There is no evidence, Miroff reported, that Bergoglio “played a role in covering up abuse cases.”  However, “During most of the 14 years that Bergoglio served as archbishop of Buenos Aires, [prominent] rights advocates say, he did not take decisive action to protect children or act swiftly when molestation charges surfaced; nor did he extend apologies to the victims of abusive priests after their misconduct came to light.”
                Ernesto Moreau, a member of Argentina’s U.N.-affiliated Permanent Assembly for Human Rights and a lawyer who has represented victims in a clergy sexual-abuse case told the Associated Press that “Bergoglio has been the strongest man in the Argentine church since the beginning of this century, [and yet] the leadership of the church has never done anything to remove these people from these places, and neither has it done anything to relieve the pain of the victims.” 
Bergoglio’s silence during “Dirty War”
                Father Jon Sobrino, the Spanish-born Jesuit who has lived, worked, and taught in El Salvador since the late 1960s, was recently interviewed about Pope Francis. When asked about Bergoglio, Sobrino said that while he didn’t know him personally, he has spoken with Argentinians who did. Bergoglio “Has been professor of theology, superior and provincial. It is not difficult to talk about his external work. But of the more internal, one can speak only delicately and now respectfully and responsibly. Many companions have spoken of him as a person with deep convictions and temperament, a resolute and relentless fighter.”
“…. His austerity was accompanied by a real interest in the poor, the indigenous, trade union members who were attacked; this led him to firmly defend them in the face of successive governments.
                While a strong advocate for the poor, Bergogilio wasn’t one who was “actively going out and risking oneself in their defense in the time of repression of the criminal military dictatorships,” Sobrino said. “The complicity of the hierarchy with the dictators is known. Bergoglio was superior of the Jesuits in Argentina from 1973 to 1979, in the years of major repression of civil-military genocide.”
                And while Bergoglio was not directly complicit in the dictatorship’s crimes, “It seems correct to say … Bergoglio distanced himself from the Popular Church which was committed to the poor. [He] wasn’t [like El Salvador’s Archbishop Oscar] Romero – celebrated for his defense of human rights and assassinated [by the country’s right-wing death squads] while exercising his pastoral ministry. I don’t have enough knowledge, and I say this with the fear of being mistaken, Bergoglio did not present himself like Bishop Angelleli, Argentinian bishop assassinated by the military in 1976. Very possibly this took place in his heart, but he was not accustomed to make visible in public the living memory of [Bishop] Leonidas Proaño [of Ecuador], Bishop Juan Gerardi [of Guatemala], Bishop Sergio Mendez [of Cuernevaca, Mexico]…”
                Sobrino goes on to say that “since 1998, [Bergoglio] as archbishop of Buenos Aires, … has accompanied the poorly treated sectors of the big city in various ways -– and with concrete deeds.” Buzflash.com

Buenos Aires Times March 2018
              Earlier this week, a U.S.-based group called Bishop Accountability “called on Pope Francis to apologize Tuesday for what it called the Argentine church’s protection of two priests [Grassi and Father Napoleon Sasso] who were eventually convicted of abusing children.”
                Bishop Accountability co-director Anne Doyle told the AP:
“We would be alarmed if the archbishop Bergoglio had done this in the ‘60s or ‘70s. That would be sad and disturbing. But the fact that he did this just five years ago, when other bishops in other countries were meeting victims and implementing tough reporting laws, it puts him behind some of his American counterparts, that’s for sure.”
                “The Church tends to make the same mistake — in every country where survivors start to come forward, they are treated in the same way,” said Collins, who resigned last year from the now revived anti-paedophilia commission.
                “Francis was similarly lenient towards Don Mauro Inzoli, an Italian priest nicknamed “Don Mercedes” for his expensive tastes.”
                Don Inzoli had been effectively defrocked by Benedict, but Francis overturned that ruling, mitigating his sentence to “a life of prayer.”
                Nevertheless, after the priest was sentenced to nearly five years in prison in Italy for sex abuse of adolescents last June, the pope dismissed him of clerical duties.\      
 The Weekend Australian {March 14, 2013}  human rights attorney Myriam Bregman
               Bergoglio twice invoked his right under Argentine law to refuse to appear in open court, and when he eventually did testify in 2010, his answers were evasive, human rights attorney Myriam Bregman said.
At least two cases directly involved Bergoglio. One examined the torture of two of his Jesuit priests – Orlando Yorio and Francisco Jalics – who were kidnapped in 1976 from the slums where they advocated liberation theology. Yorio accused Bergoglio of effectively handing them over to the death squads by declining to tell the regime that he endorsed their work. Jalics refused to discuss it after moving into seclusion in a German monastery.
                “But Bregman said Bergoglio’s own statements proved church officials knew from early on that the junta was torturing and killing its citizens, and yet publicly endorsed the dictators. “The dictatorship could not have operated this way without this key support,” she said.
                “Bergoglio also was accused of turning his back on a family that lost five relatives to state terror, including a young woman who was 5-months’ pregnant before she was kidnapped and killed in 1977. The De la Cuadra family appealed to the leader of the Jesuits in Rome, who urged Bergoglio to help them; Bergoglio then assigned a monsignor to the case. Months passed before the monsignor came back with a written note from a colonel: It revealed that the woman had given birth in captivity to a girl who was given to a family “too important” for the adoption to be reversed.”
               ” Despite this written evidence in a case he was personally involved with, Bergoglio testified in 2010 that he didn’t know about any stolen babies until well after the dictatorship was over.”
                “Bergoglio has a very cowardly attitude when it comes to something so terrible as the theft of babies. He says he didn’t know anything about it until 1985,” said the baby’s aunt, Estela de la Cuadra, whose mother Alicia co-founded the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo in 1977 in hopes of identifying these babies. “He doesn’t face this reality and it doesn’t bother him. The question is how to save his name, save himself. But he can’t keep these allegations from reaching the public. The people know how he is.”

And finally the recent revelation of leaked Vatican records reveal unbelievable allegations against the Pope himself

 

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