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The Catholic Church and Argentina’s Dirty War

Gustavo Morello


On August 3, 1976, Father James Weeks and five seminarians of the La Salette congregation living with him in Córdoba, Argentina’s second largest city, were kidnapped. A mob burst into their house, claiming to be the police, looking for “subversive fighters.” The seminarians “disappeared” for a few days, were jailed and tortured for two months, and finally went into exile in the United States. Since the election of the first Latin American pope, the role that the Catholic Church played in Argentina’s “Dirty War” has been revisited. Critics argue that the Church did nothing and was even an accom ... More

Keywords: Catholicism, Argentina, state terror, disappeared, dirty War, South America, church

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190234270
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190234270.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gustavo Morello, author
Boston College, Boston, Assistant Professor of Sociology