Will Pope Francis Persuade Argentina To Repent?

Written by Audrey Russo on Thursday, 21 March 2013. Posted in Opinion, Audrey Russo

Perhaps it's time for...Pope Francis, to stand in the gap for Argentina. And ask the people to humble themselves, ask the world to forgive them for being willing accomplices, after the fact, to the Nazi regime and their crimes.

Will Pope Francis Persuade Argentina To Repent?
Pope Francis and Argentine president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

There is an unequivocal difference between an apology and repentance. The dictionary states that the word repent means to feel such sorrow for sin or fault as to be disposed to change one's life for the better; be penitent. While apology means a defense, excuse, or justification in speech or writing, as for a cause or doctrine.

This distinction becomes more significant when dealing with one of the worst atrocities in world history...

The country that more Nazis and Nazi collaborators ran to after WWII was Argentina. There are several reasons that Nazis felt at home in Argentina:

  1. Between 1885-1915, approximately 100,000 Germans emigrated to Argentina. This made it easy for Nazis to assimilate after the war.  
  2. The president of Argentina during WWII, Juan Peron, was a known Nazi sympathizer (and so was his wife, Evita). 
  3. Argentina had (and still has) incredibly strict extradition laws which have always made it almost impossible to get a criminal extradited from that country, so there were few worries they would be apprehended for their crimes. Argentina became their new Fatherland.

But their crimes against humanity were a matter of history...

In 2000, President Fernando de la Rua issued an apology for his country's role in harboring Nazi war criminals following WWII. BUT, this apology was issued only AFTER a report was released earlier that year by a government commission showing that successive Argentine governments helped give refuge to 180 Nazi war criminals.

So the apology was politically expedient...NOT genuine nor sincere. And remember: An apology requires no response, while repentance requires an active response...a change in direction.

It's therefore no surprise that an overwhelming majority of Argentineans as of 2011, have a negative view of Jews. A study, "Attitudes Towards Jews in Argentina," was commissioned by the Anti-Defamation League and the Delegation of Argentinean Jewish Associations, revealed that about 80% of Argentineans hold anti-Semitic views. This shows that the problem is serious, systemic and still remains...something a mere political bandage that was offered by President de la Rua, could not resolve.

Perhaps it's time for the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis, to stand in the gap for Argentina. And ask the people to humble themselves, ask the world to forgive them for being willing accomplices, after the fact, to the Nazi regime and their crimes.

Until this occurs...their Catholicism is worth very little in the eyes of those that matter: The ones who suffered, their survivors and those carefully watching.

Paz a vosotros (peace be with you)...

 

Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0/presidencia.gov.ar; Casa Rosada

 

About the Author

Audrey Russo

Audrey Russo

Audrey Russo is the Host of the weekly REELTalk Radio Show and the co-host of WOMANTalk Radio Show and handles Middle East Issues/National Security/Terrorism for their eZine. She has also been a frequent guest and guest co-host on Clash Radio with Doug Giles on the IRN Network. As well as a guest on several radio shows including The Rick Amato Show, The Simon Conway Show, The Pat Campbell Show and The Mike Wiley Show. Audrey is the Managing Editor for the online opinion journal Ediblog.com. Her articles can also be read at The Center for Changing Worldviews and the Gold Coast Chronicle as well as other online journals. She is also an active member of the NYC performing arts community as a singer and actor. She can be reached at her website or at this address.

Copyright © Audrey Russo. Used with Permission.

Comments (1)

  • Lynn Atherton Bloxham

    Lynn Atherton Bloxham

    21 March 2013 at 20:15 |
    An article worth reading. A thought worth remembering.

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