Thursday, March 14, 2013
The human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Argentine Adolfo Perez Esquivel , said that Jorge Bergoglio , new Pope Francis , "had no links with the dictatorship" which some critics accuse him of. Speaking to BBC News, Perez Esquivel said that "there were bishops who were accomplices of the dictatorship, but in the case of Bergoglio no". "There is nothinhg to link him to the dictatorship" , he added "Bergoglio was questioned because it is said he did not do enough to get out of jail two priests, as he was the Superior of the Jesuits. But I know personally that many bishops called on the military junta for the release of prisoners and priests and these requests were granted " said Perez Esquivel. Bergoglio association with the dictatorship was related to the testimony of María Elena Funes, a catechist who was detained at the ESMA , following the arrest and subsequent disappearance of two Jesuit priests.