Jalics: “Neither Orlando Yorio and I were denounced by Father Bergoglio”
March 20, 2013
Father Franz Jalics, who was kidnapped by the military dictatorship in Argentina, issued a statement saying that Pope Francisco, former archbishop of Buenos Aires Jorge Bergoglio, not denounced him.
“From my statement of March 15 of this year I received a lot of questions, so I’d like to add the following. I feel almost obligated to, because some reviews say the opposite of what I meant,” the priest said at the official site of the German Jesuits.
“These are the facts: Neither Orlando Yorio and I were denounced by Father Bergoglio.”
“As I made clear in my previous statement, we were arrested by a catechist, who worked with us first, and later joined the guerrillas.”
“For nine months we did not see her more, but two or three days after her arrest we were also detained. The officer, who interrogated me, asked me the documents. When he saw that I was born in Budapest, he thought I was a Russian spy.”
“In the Jesuit provinces in Argentina and Catholic church circles it was spread in the years before false information indicating that we had moved to the slums because we belonged to the guerrillas. But that was not the case. I guess these rumors were motivated by the fact that we were not immediately released,” he added.
“Before, I was inclined to think that we had become victims of a complaint. But in the late 90s, I realized after many conversations, that this assumption was unfounded.”
“It is therefore wrong to say that our capture was performed by Father Bergoglio”.