Bit of a bugger that the Holy Scuttler happened to alight softly on the shoulder of Frankie the Hat when the church wanted to select a Latin American. And it turns out he might have the reputation of a Brady in a large section of Latin America.
Holy Scuttler is pushing it. Must be getting Damascene visions of getting his P45 and losing the position as HR Director-Earth Operations.
Poor old Scuttler. It must be worse than Fas.
Though that is not to say that there were not plenty in the Church who were definitely supportive of the regime.
This article may (or may not) offer some insight into how the election played out.
The story behind Pope Francis
So it seems he got off to a good start.What happened, in short, is that during the first “shake out” ballot on Tuesday evening, Bergoglio’s name drew a surprising number of votes, suddenly putting him out there as a potential candidate.
“Cardinal Bergoglio wouldn’t have become pope in the fifth ballot if he had not been a really strong contender for the papacy from the beginning,” Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn told reporters.
So the Italians split, and the Europeans and Americans rallied to Bergoglio.There were those who wanted a pope who would reform the Roman Curia, the papal bureaucracy — and preferably someone from outside Europe to represent the church’s demographic shift to the Southern Hemisphere. Then there were the electors who wanted to defend the Curia, and they were joined by some who also hoped to keep the papacy in Europe, or even return it to an Italian................................
According to La Repubblica, an Italian daily with good sources in the Vatican, Washington’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl played a key role in rallying the Americans to Bergoglio, and they were followed by European bishops such as Vingt-Trois.
As Bergoglio gained steam, Scola’s fortunes continued to decline, thanks also to “ancient envies and rivalries,” as La Stampa’s Giacomo Galeazzi put it, among the 28 Italian electors – a bloc far larger than any other country’s, but also more fractious and “inexorably hostile to Scola.”
Wonder how accurate it is. Anyway, that's the most detailed account I have read.
The US did as little as it could to give encouragement to the Dictators but felt that it could not allow Communism to take over Argentina either
Remmeber Jimmy Carter was POTUS for most of this time and he was not exactly their biggest fan!
I would say Reagan was more Blase though...
The Military Regime was very brutal though - so were their opponents in the Communist Guerrilla gangs who did their own fair share of Dirty Deeds
The Church was between a Rock and a Hard Place on this one
Overall they steered their way through those terrible times
- and came out the other end without alienating the Faithful
Must say as an Atheist his approach to things as pope have impressed me, seems pretty down to earth, Liked to read he slipped off to see a friend of his hospital despite all that what going on! Wish him all the best he'll need it!