Beatificarea lui Satanelli – Editorial LA NACIÓN: Papa promovează o beatificare politico-ideologică
Au fost mulți episcopi radicali în anii sălbatici de după Conciliul Vatican II. Dar Enrique Angelelli, episcop de La Rioja, Argentina, a fost probabil cel mai radical. El a fost un comunist în toate, mai puțin cu numele, și a susținut strident organizația teroristă „Montoneros”, ramura de stânga teroristă a mișcării peroniste. Se poate spune, fără dubiu, că oribila dictatură militară care a guvernat Argentina din 1976 până la războiul din Falkland a fost provocată ca o reacție brutală la atacurile teroriste coordonate de Montoneros în favoarea unei revoluții socialist-peroniste.
Angelelli a fost atât de stângist, atât de radical și e politic, că a șocat credincioșii din propria dioceză care obișnuiau să-l poreclească „Satanelli”. El a murit într-un accident de mașină în 1976. Cu toate acestea, Francisc a decis să îl beatifice pe Satanelli ca pe un „martir”! (E ironic din cauză că, deși se spune acum, că pr. Bergoglio [viitorul papă Francisc I, n. tr.] s-a opus dictaturii, la vremea respectivă el era considerat ca un aliat al militarilor și chiar un apropiat al celui mai brutal membru al juntei amiralul Emilio Massera.)
La Nación, ce mai vechi și mai respectat cotidian din Argentina (singurul ziar major care a susținut poziția pro-viață în recenta victorie asupra avortului din Senatul național), a publicat următorul editorial asupra acestei știri răvășitoare. La Nación este, de asemenea un aliat al lui Francisc, iar corespondentul său din Roma, Elisabetta Piqué, este probabil jurnalistul cel mai apropiat de Francisc – așa încât desigur nu este mânat de vreun resentiment contra Episcopului din Roma.
LA NACIÓN – EDITORIAL
A Political-Ideological Beatification
Bishop Angelelli does not, in any way, represent the model of Christian exemplariness that the Church demands to start a canonization procedure
July 30, 2018
On August 4, 1976, Bishop Enrique Angelelli died, after the rollover of the vehicle in which he was travelling in National Route 38, in La Rioja, along with Father Arturo Pinto, who survived. In the report made immediately after, following comprehensive search for evidence — autopsy, accident expert summary, photos of the place of the accident, and the testimony of Pinto, who alleged memory loss and being in a state of shock — the procedure was archived under the name „Angelelli, bishop Enrique A. rep./death.”
However, many years later, friar Antonio Puigjané, a guerrilla who took part in the attack of the La Tablada military base, raising arms against the constitutional [democratically elected] government of Raúl Alfonsín, made a complaint in [the province of] Neuquén in which he put forward the theory that Angelelli had been assassinated. In an opposing view, the daily La Prensa published a statement by bishop Bernardo Witte, of La Rioja, who affirmed: „We were surprised that the mysterious death of bishop Angelelli was characterized as an assassination with no sufficient evidence.”
Statements by an eyewitness to the event, Raúl Alberto Nacuzi, affirm that the driver was not the bishop, but Pinto, who was the one who set up the version that a vehicle was following them, and then took shelter under the supposed memory loss. After a court declared lacking jurisdiction in the matter and following the collection of new evidence and the new analysis of past evidence, the Federal Court of Appeals of Córdoba decided, in 1990, that, pondering the investigations and evidence, it was impossible to ascertain that the accident had been caused by criminal action. Other eyewitnesses declared not having seen any other vehicle at that spot, nor fleeing the accident. With the investigation over, the Court determined that, „considering that the data of amassed evidence are not sufficient to demonstrate the perpetration of a crime, in agreement with what was opined by the prosecutor before this Chamber, this Court considers appropriate the stay of the current procedure.”
In July 2014, the Federal Verbal Tribunal of Criminal Causes in La Rioja, considering that it was a Crime against Humanity, reached an opposite conclusion, which is not surprising, since it is guided by the prevailing view — now as then — that such crimes can be judged outside what is determined by constitutional and criminal law. General Luciano Benjamín Menéndez and Commodore Luis Estrella were thus convicted to life imprisonment for the „crime” (sic) of bishop Angelelli, being charged as „indirect” perpetrators, a legal construction that has been abused in this kind of trials. In this case, it allowed the conviction of hierarchical superiors of a crime that was never proved, and in which there are no „direct” perpetrators at all. The verdict considered certain that the rollover of the car in which Angelelli travelled had its origin in an intentional maneuver by another vehicle that was following orders given by military chiefs.
Even if, hypothetically, it had been a murder, Angelelli would not be a martyr for defending the faith. The La Rioja bishop had an active and proved link with the terrorist organization Montoneros. In the photo that illustrates this text, he is seen celebrating mass with the banner of this organization at his back, while in his homilies he spoke in favor of uprising and proposed arming young people.
With a beatification or canonization, the Church proclaims the Christian exemplariness of the life of a person and authorizes his being the object of cult. A violent and sectarian model must never be proposed. For this reason, we do not think right the words of the current bishop of La Rioja and second vice-president of the Bishops’ Conference, Marcelo Colombo, who, when receiving news of the beatification, affirmed: „It is a recognition of the brave witnesses of the Kingdom of God.”
It is well known how rigorous are the beatification procedures, how thorough and tedious are the presentation of evidence to endorse a cause. This thoroughness was not applied in this case.