Pope Francis Once Accused of Kidnapping Involvement
March 14, 2013
Now that the Vatican chimney's white smoke has ushered in Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis, the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, the "Who is this guy?" questions are starting to roll in. One odd fact among the Argentinian's many noble achievements: In 2005, back when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, Bergoglio was accused of involvement, along with the nation's military dictatorship, in a 1976 kidnapping of two Jesuit priests who were found, months later, drugged and seminude in a field. The future pope was named in a lawsuit by a human rights lawyer, though Bergoglio's spokesman at the time dismissed the charge as "old slander," and no hard evidence against him ever surfaced.