1. the dirty war

    Did the New Pope Help a Dictatorship?

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 13:  Newly elected Pope Francis I waves to the waiting crowd from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the 266th Pontiff and will lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

    Peter Macdiarmid/Getty,Peter Macdiarmid

    It's been only a few hours since Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was appointed pope and his critics are coming to bat. While Argentina was in the grips of the “dirty war” of the ’70s, many say the country’s Catholic Church leadership was complacent and even supportive of the brutal dictatorship. In El Silencio, journalist Horacio Verbitsky claims that Bergoglio helped hide the regime's political prisoners in the his holiday home, keeping them away from a human rights commission. Next month, ex-general Jorge Videla will be brought to court again for the killing of a bishop in 1976, and church authorities are preparing to be called into the witness box.

    Read it at The Guardian