Sister of kidnapped Jesuit charges Pope Francis failed to protect him from military
April 19, 2013
The sister of a Jesuit priest who was kidnapped by Argentina's military dictatorship in 1976 has charged that Father Jorge Bergoglio--who was then the Jesuit provincial in Argentina, and is now Pope Francis--failed to protect the priest.
The late Father Orlando Yorio was "practically abandoned" by Church leaders, complained Gracielo Yorio in court testimony. Yorio, an activist priest who had applied for release from the Jesuit order, was kidnapped along with his fellow Jesuit, Father Franz Jalics, and held for 5 months.
The future Pontiff told an Argentine investigation that he had worked quietly but constantly to secure the release of the two imprisoned Jesuits.
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Posted by: Chestertonian -
Apr. 20, 2013 12:10 AM ET USA
What did Gracielo expect? That Fr Bergoglio would gather a posse, take up arms, and break Fr Yorio out of jail?! While I sympathize with her pain, there remains little that can be done when dealing with a fascist govt, unless you happen to have a private army. . .
Posted by: -
Apr. 19, 2013 12:59 PM ET USA
The question is why didn't Gracielo Yorio protect her brother from the government?