14 Mar 2013

Jorge Bergoglio..THE NEW POPE..Not without a past.


New Broom or Same old Brush?
The Argentina Independent
13/3/2013

Jorge Bergoglio, former Archibishop of Buenos Aires has been named the 266th leader of the Catholic Church, taking the name Pope Francis.

He is the first Latin American to hold the title, and is the first non-European pope in 1,200 years. He is also the first Jesuit to hold the position.

"Jesuits and are also known colloquially as "God's Marines", these being references to founder Ignatius of Loyola's military background and members' willingness to accept orders anywhere in the world and live in extreme conditions".


The 76-year-old was ordained to the priesthood in 1969, attending a seminary in San Miguel, Buenos Aires. He progressed through the ranks of the Church, and was named Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998. Pope John Paul II created him a Cardinal in 2001.
The news is not, however, without controversy, due to the role he is said to have played in last military dictatorship (1976-83), in which an estimated 30,000 people were killed and disappeared.
The Argentine Church in general, and Bergoglio in his role as supervisor of the local Jesuit Order, has been accused of ignoring the plight of the victims of the military junta, despite victims and their relatives giving first hand accounts of kidnappings, torture, and deaths.
Positions on Social Issues: 
He is opposed to abortion and euthanasia, describing the pro-choice movement as a “culture of death”
He adheres to official Church position of acceptance on homosexuality, but opposes same-sex marriage
He unsuccessfully lobbied against Argentina’s same-sex marriage law, which was ultimately passed in 2011.

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