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POPE FRANCIS I and Liberation Theology

“Washington’s Pope”? Who is Pope Francis I? By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, May 28, 2014

This article was first published in March 2013 following the election by the Vatican Conclave of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio.




In the course of the last year, Pope Francis has been portrayed in chorus by the Western media as a left leaning champion of “Liberation Theology” committed to global poverty alleviation. According to London’s Telegraph, Pope Francis “is bringing Liberation Theology into the Vatican”.  in the footsteps of Francis of Assisi, the ‘preferential option for the poor’ has so to speak been reintegrated into the Catholic mainstream under the helm of Pope Francis I.

Liberation Theology according to Ambrose Evans Pritchard writing in the Telegraph: 

“now has a Papal imprimatur. It is close to becoming official doctrine for the world’s 1.2bn Roman Catholics under ‘Evangelii Gaudium’, the Pope’s first apostolic exhortation. This will have consequences.”. (emphasis added)

What the Western media fail to mention is that Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis I) was one of the main supporters –within the Catholic hierarchy– of Argentina’s military dictatorship which came to power in a CIA supported coup in 1976.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio not only supported the dictatorship, he also played a direct and complicit role in the “Dirty War” (la guerra sucia”) in liaison with the military Junta headed by General Jorge Videla, leading to the arrest, imprisonment, torture and disappearance of progressive Catholic priests and laymen who were opposed to Argentina’s military rule. “While the two priests Francisco Jalics y Orlando Yorio, kidnapped by the death squads in May 1976 were released five months later. after having been tortured, six other people associated with their parish kidnapped as part of the same operation were “disappeared” (desaparecidos).”




Liberation Theology has become a convenient tool of media propaganda: the protagonists of oppression are portrayed as liberators. Pope Francis I, heralded as the champion of Liberation in Latin America is now bringing his message to Palestine: According to Naim Ateek, the founder of Liberation Theology in Palestine, quoted in TIME, “We feel he has been able to speak about the poor in Latin America,… Now we would like to see him speak about the oppressed in Palestine.”

At a historic meeting at the Vatican in early May 2014 with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Pope Francis I  urged world leaders to challenge “all forms of injustice” and resist the “economy of exclusion… the throwaway culture, … and the “culture of death,” [which] … sadly risk becoming passively accepted.” (National Catholic Reporter, May 26, 2014.

Careful choice of words by Pope Francis: The “dirty war” in Latin America under Operation Condor in which he participated was predicated on the “Culture of Death”. The 1976 military coup was supported by Wall Street precisely with a view to imposing “the economy of exclusion”, conducive to the impoverishment of the Argentinian population. 

Michel Chossudovsky, May 28, 2013
Source: Global Research

Read more about POPE FRANCIS I and  Argentina’s “Dirty War” - PLS CLICK HERE.


“Operation Condor” Ironically, a major trial opened up in Buenos Aires on March 5, 2013 a week prior to Cardinal Bergoglio’s investiture as Pontiff. The ongoing trial in Buenos Aires is: “to consider the totality of crimes carried out under Operation Condor, a coordinated campaign by various US-backed Latin American dictatorships in the 1970s and 1980s to hunt down, torture and murder tens of thousands of opponents of those regimes.”

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