Lukas Niederberger, former Jesuit and current editor of the journal Aufbruch, accuses Pope Francis in the current issue of having collaborated with the Argentine dictatorship, KIPA reports.
“The new pope contests that Father Bergoglio collaborated with the military junta as superior of the Argentinian Jesuits from 1976 to 1983. That is surely a lie, in that he could have freed some priests and nuns from the hands of the junta,” Niederberger declared. Presumably one should view his role similarly to that of Pius XII with the Third Reich.
Niederberger reports that he attended several contemplation courses in the late 80s with Jesuit teacher of meditation Franz Jalics. Jalics recounted his time in Argentinian military prison to the young Jesuit and stated that Bergoglio (now Pope Francis) had denounced him as a communist at that time.
Niedergerg was a Jesuit from 1985 until 2007. He said he finds it disconcerting how quickly the Jesuits arranged for “a statement friendly about the Pope from Jalics, and changed the entry on Franz Jalics at Wikipedia.” With this the German leadership of the order promotes “negative clichés of the Jesuits as devious, cunning, and scheming.”