Sunday, March 11, 2018

Argentine Church will hand over certificates for baptisms performed at torture chamber

Catholic fascism nazi violence war crime politics

The Argentine Catholic Church announced Tuesday that it will hand over to a judge more than 100 certificates from baptisms performed in a chapel at a navy base that served as a clandestine torture centre during the country’s dictatorship.

Activists hope the information will help determine what happened to children taken from political prisoners at the centre and later illegally adopted, often by military families. Human rights groups say most of the detained biological parents were later killed.

“We firmly believe the Church should make every effort to contribute to the path of memory, truth and justice in all fields, especially given the gravity of the crimes against humanity committed during the years of state terrorism from 1976 to 1983,” the Argentine Episcopal Conference said in a statement.

The bishops said the decision was a response to “a longing of Pope Francis,” the Argentine pontiff who previously promised human rights groups that the church would hand over documentation to help clarify the crimes committed by the military regime.  (more...)

How did Argentina learn such dark arts?

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