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Argentina: Human rights lawyer Parrilli denounces bond between Pope Francis I and dictatorship01:09

Argentina: Human rights lawyer Parrilli denounces bond between Pope Francis I and dictatorship

Argentina, Buenos Aires
March 14, 2013 at 18:46 GMT +00:00 · Published

Argentina: Human rights lawyer Parrilli denounces bond between Pope Francis I and dictatorship

Marcelo Parrilli, an Argentinian lawyer and human rights activist who presides over a dozen organisations in his country, Thursday denounced ties between the newly elected Pope Francis I and the country's former military dictatorship. "No, the designation of the new Pope does not surprise me," said Parilli in Buenos Aires. "Unfortunately, the Church both in Argentina and the Vatican supported the dictatorship and were not interested at all in the human rights problem."

Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope Wednesday to succeed German priest Joseph Ratzinger. According to Parrilli, the Argentinian Jesuit Cardinal was aware of the disappearances that routinely took place during the military dictatorship between 1976 and 1983. "The case in which Bergoglio is implicated was denounced in 2005," said Parrilli. "The missing of two Jesuit priests, Fathers Yorio and Jalics, who were held hostage for six months at the Army's Mechanics School, and a Catechism group that went missing and disappeared forever."

The human rights activist also called the relationship between the military government and Bergoglio a "pacific coexistence", where the new Pope "never denounced anything during the dictatorship." Marcelo Parrilli assures that the investigation is still ongoing, as "we are waiting, we are waiting for Jalics's statement."

Between 9,000 and 30,000 people disappeared and were likely killed during Jorge Videla's dictatorship in Argentina. In 2010, the former general took full responsibility for the actions the army carried out during his rule. In July 2012, Videla was sentenced to 50 years in prison for systematically kidnapping children while in power.

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Argentina: Human rights lawyer Parrilli denounces bond between Pope Francis I and dictatorship

Marcelo Parrilli, an Argentinian lawyer and human rights activist who presides over a dozen organisations in his country, Thursday denounced ties between the newly elected Pope Francis I and the country's former military dictatorship. "No, the designation of the new Pope does not surprise me," said Parilli in Buenos Aires. "Unfortunately, the Church both in Argentina and the Vatican supported the dictatorship and were not interested at all in the human rights problem."

Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope Wednesday to succeed German priest Joseph Ratzinger. According to Parrilli, the Argentinian Jesuit Cardinal was aware of the disappearances that routinely took place during the military dictatorship between 1976 and 1983. "The case in which Bergoglio is implicated was denounced in 2005," said Parrilli. "The missing of two Jesuit priests, Fathers Yorio and Jalics, who were held hostage for six months at the Army's Mechanics School, and a Catechism group that went missing and disappeared forever."

The human rights activist also called the relationship between the military government and Bergoglio a "pacific coexistence", where the new Pope "never denounced anything during the dictatorship." Marcelo Parrilli assures that the investigation is still ongoing, as "we are waiting, we are waiting for Jalics's statement."

Between 9,000 and 30,000 people disappeared and were likely killed during Jorge Videla's dictatorship in Argentina. In 2010, the former general took full responsibility for the actions the army carried out during his rule. In July 2012, Videla was sentenced to 50 years in prison for systematically kidnapping children while in power.

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