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Argentine bishops to release documents on Church response to military regime

March 21, 2016

The Catholic bishops of Argentina plan to release documents related to the role of the Catholic hierarchy during the years when Argentina was ruled by a military junta.

Bishop Carlos Malfa, the secretary-general of the episcopal conference, said that the archives of the bishops' conference are being prepared for release. He did not say when the documents would be made available.

The Catholic Church in Argentina was divided during the period of military rule, from 1976 to 1983. Some ranking prelates were seen as allies of the military leaders, despite the record of human-rights abuses in the government's "dirty war" against radicals. At the same time, some Catholic priests were prominently involved with the opposition to the military regime. 

 
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