It’s true (as far as I know) that the then Archbishop wasn’t standing at the docks yelling “Shoot the gringos!” But no priest would do that. In his subsequent comments and homilies he was as pro-war as any priest could be. Note that there is no evidence that he ever criticized the Argentinian attack. And while he appears to now be in favor of “dialogue”, that’s the current nationalist line. Preach dialogue. When that doesn’t work, attack. After you get your butt kicked (and close to a thousand young men are killed) and it’s clear you’re militarily weaker and won’t succeed through force, preach dialogue again.
…I should also note that while the Pope has become known for being egalitarian in citing the sufferings of all–whatever their race, nationality or religion (as an example, consider his remarks on the current European immigration crisis)–in his many comments and homilies on the “Malvinas”, to my knowledge he always extensively referenced the Argentinian war dead, but never the British war dead. Again, look up the homilies. The British victims don’t count.
That’s so weird.
Or rather, it’s not weird at all.
…Falklands veterans told of their dismay last night after the Argentine president hinted she hoped the new Pope – her countryman – would mediate in the dispute surrounding the territory.
Pope Francis believes the South Atlantic islands are ‘Argentine soil’.
In 2010 the then Buenos Aires Cardinal declared: ‘The Malvinas are ours’, and last year he accused Britain of ‘usurping’ the islands.