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The Papal Installation Happens This Week With Remaining Work To Be Done On Social Justice and Many Other Issues

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His Holiness Pope Francis Commences Papacy This Week

  • Mar 19, 2013
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His Holiness Pope Francis is scheduled to be installed as the 266th pontiff on

Tuesday, March 19, 2013. At this time, the Church has quite a bit on the

agenda. Examples of things to get done include evangelization, reform of

governance within the Church, interfaith issues, the role of women in the

Church, the growing use of surrogates, clergy misconduct issues and

transforming the reporting mechanisms between the Synod of Bishops and

the papacy.

 

Perhaps the most important thing to be done at the outset is to transform

the reporting relationship between the Synod of Bishops and the pope.

This was an effort begun by His Holiness Pope Paul VI.

 

The Synod consists of a group of bishops who have been chosen from

different areas of the globe. Their mission is to create a closer unity between the Pontiff

and the bishops in order to strengthen ecclesiastical discipline and to consider questions

pertaining to the activity of the Church across the globe.

 

The Synod has many responsibilities. Reporting on specific geopolitical

issues to the pope is the area which has caused the most questions surrounding

the Church's actions or lack thereof in the "Dirty War" in Argentina. This war

was the subject of growing questions about then Father Bergoglio's advising

several Argentine priests to give up their pastoral work for a period or lose

the protection of the Jesuit Order in Argentina.

 

The Church was not the only party to have been faced with difficult choices in the "Dirty War".

On October 6, 1976, Argentinian Admiral Cesar Augusto Guzzetti had been

told by Acting Secretary of State Charles W. Robinson "The problem is that the United States

is an idealistic and moral country and its citizens have great difficulty in comprehending the kinds

of problems faced by Argentina today. There is a tendency to apply our moral standards abroad

and Argentina must understand the reaction of Congress with regard to loans and military

assistance. The American people, right or wrong, have the perception that today there exists in

Argentina a pattern of gross violations of human rights."

 

Examples of human rights violations include the activities of "I wish Pope Francis God's rich blessings for his office."

 

Adolfo Perez Esquivel best summed up the situation as it existed in Argentina in his

Nobel Lecture of December 11, 1980. (excerpts)

I speak of my own Argentina where situations have led to systems of injustice that we share with the rest of our large Latin American fatherland. These have devolved into violence from both the Left and the Right which have resulted in the murdered, the injured, the disappeared, the tortured, prisoned, and exiled.

 

This situation, anguished and unjust, is shared by all responsible sectors of national life. It is felt with sorrow by the families of the disappeared, and especially the mothers, like the mothers of the Plaza de Mayo whose valorous and international action for peace is a patient witness bearing the sorrow of uncertainty about the fate of their sons.

 

The churches, the workers' organizations, the political parties and the institutions for the defense of human rights have all demanded a solution of this problem that stands in the way of a real meeting of the Argentines.

 

I do not wish to speak more of the above mentioned injustices, since I do not believe the latter is the struggle for you here. These are things I must deal with in my own country and confront with the present government.

This week, His Holiness Pope Francis begins the journey of a new papacy. Everyone wishes him well in this new endeavor.

Credits: First Published on Blogcritics

Ref:  http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB104/index.htm "Dirty War"

 

One day earlier, on October 6, 1976, Admiral Cesar Augusto Guzzetti had been told by Acting Secretary of State Charles W. Robinson "that it is possible to understand the requirement to be tough." But Robinson also remarked on the "question of timing of the relaxation of extreme countersubversion measures" before Congress voted sanctions on Argentina. The memcon with Robinson goes on to note that "[t]he Acting Secretary said… The problem is that the United States is an idealistic and moral country and its citizens have great difficulty in comprehending the kinds of problems faced by Argentina today. There is a tendency to apply our moral standards abroad and Argentina must understand the reaction of Congress with regard to loans and military assistance. The American people, right or wrong, have the perception that today there exists in Argentina a pattern of gross violations of human rights."

 

His Holiness Pope Francis Commences Papacy This Week

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