Vatican denies Pope Francis': 'Dirty War' complicity allegations

Mar 17, 2013, 06:06 IST | Agencies

The Vatican disagrees that the new Pope had failed to speak out against violations of human rights during the 'Dirty War' military rule in his native Argentina

Claiming that there has never been any credible or concrete accusations against Pope Francis, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said on Saturday, “The Pope has never been charged as suggested. These are accusations by anti-clerical left-wing elements that are used to attacking the Church.”

 Pope Francis. Pic/AFP

One of the key accusations say that Pope Francis, who was the former head of the Jesuits in Argentina, had failed to stop the abduction of two Jesuits in 1976 by Argentina’s military government, which was suspicious of their work among slum-dwellers. The Pope is also accused of failing to confront the country’s military rule between 1976 and 1983 when the regime kidnapped and killed thousands in its ‘Dirty War’ against leftist opponents, the report added.

Another accusation leveled against the Pope is that he failed to follow up a request to help find the baby of a woman kidnapped when she was five months pregnant and killed in the ‘Dirty War’ era.

However, along with the Vatican, Sergio Rubin, who is Pope Francis’ official biographer, defended the Pope and said that the former Jesuit leader had taken extraordinary action to save many people during the ‘Dirty War’ regime.

Go to top