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A Subject I Have Become Interested In With The New Pope's Election

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A discussion of an article I plan on writing on the role my Catholic Church has played in the events leading to the 500+ years of suffering of Indigenous, Afro-Indigenous and Euro-Indigenous peoples of Latin America. The rules of OpEdNews require extensive documentation of such a controversial subject and therefore the article will run long. That and the fact that I am an Historian, Economist, Political Scientist and, worst of all, an Attorney gives me cause to pity the poor editor who has to edit the article for length.

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Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio by Wikipedia
Having an advanced degree in Latin American History (among
others), I was intrigued by the kerfuffle that surrounded the selection
of Cardinal Bergoglio as Pope Francis I. Let me state at the outset that
I am Roman Catholic, considered a "Cradle Catholic" although one would
probably have to be Catholic to understand that term, and I am NOT a
Cafeteria Catholic. That needs to be gotten out of the way, inasmuch as
the article that I am eventually planning on submitting will be a
lengthy dissertation with some very critical looks at the Roman Catholic
Church's history of support for monarchist, oligarchic, or dictatorial
regimes dating back to the last stages of the Roman Empire. In
compliance with the rules for article submission, it will be well
documented. The documentation that I have to hand is anything but
pleasant to the hierarchy of the Church.

While the article will
date history back to some 2000 years, its major focus will be on the
last 500+ years on history of the Church in the Western Hemisphere. The
earlier history will largely deal with the justifications the Church
relied upon for its acquiescence to many of the horrors history records
as having been committed upon the indigenous peoples of the Western
Hemisphere. Those horrors continue through today against the indigenous
people of Latin America and North America, although the Church plays an
infinitesimal role in North American abuse of indigenous people as
compared to Latin America. The abuse of disfavored groups of poor in
Latin America, in addition to the indigenous people, also include the
Afro-Indigenous people and the Euro-Indigeous (Mestizo) people. That
John Paul II played a major role in helping keep the US' role in the
Iran-Contra affair secret, he also rebuffed Archbishop Oscar Romero's
pleas for intervention with the US financed death squads that were
murdering thousands every year and which ultimately lead to the
assassination of Archbishop Romero. was aware that the Cardinal for
Central America was on the payroll of the CIA to the tune of $10
Million/year. That is not a conspiracy theory, that is a fact
established in the documents uncovered by Robert Parry in his
investigation of the entire Iran-Contra affair and the US' entire
participation in the Contra escapade in Nicaragua and Guatemala.

I
come to this diary piece with no axe to grind but a sense of foreboding
of what is awaiting me as I dig ever deeper into my Church's past. In
my studies for my degrees, the Church played a not insignificant part,
yet was never the focus of history. I attribute this to a studied
attempt by the Church to keep its role as puppet-master and kingmaker as
shrouded as could possible without arousing suspicion and therefore
inquiry into the role the Church played in these lay political matters.
Which is not surprising given that the Church views its "apostolic"
nature as being derived from Christ and the Pope is the essence of the
Apostle John who was given the charge to build Christ's Church.
Therefore, all authority in the Roman Catholic Church derives from a
single person, making it very comfortable with a lay government headed
by a single person from whom all lay authority is derived. Or so is my
thesis. We shall see as my article, space permitting, develops. As a
political scientist, lawyer, economist and historian, it is plain to see
that I am a person to whom verboseness comes naturally. It may give
whomever is the unfortunate editor a nightmare in editing it to
appropriate size.

 

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