In fact, the Catholic Church’s behavior during that regressive era in Argentina was so questionable that in 2000 the church officially apologized for its failure to stand up to the military and its murders and abductions.
“We want to confess before God everything we have done badly,” an official statement said in part.
The media have reported that Pope Francis has shown grace and humility since being selected, and we must hope that that humility will help him see beyond his past. Politically, the church should be on the side of progressive governments, not that of brutal dictatorships.
Cary Brunswick, of Oneonta, is a freelance writer and editor. He can be reached at email@example.com. The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Star and its editorial board.