May the peace of God be with you
M. de P.:
Apparitions began on 1983. For
that time, Bergoglio was de General of the Jesuit order of Argentina.
There is silence about Bergoglio for that period on the web (since 1980
to 1992 -different than the situation of the Jesuits priests during the
dictatorship) as well on his biography. His work with the
University El Salvador and the participation in the "Guardia de Hierro"
movement is previous (from 1966 to 1974, year when supposedly the
movement was dissolved, I personally believe that there are facts that
points against that dissolution on that year). In 1976 was the
commencement of the military dictatorship which lasted until
1983 and in 1979 Bergoglio was asked to transfer the
administration of the San Salvador University. This is the year when he
began as General of the Jesuits.
Bergoglio was named bishop on
1992. Since then, Bergoglio appears frequently in the media.
I found more than one link where people asked themselves if
Bergoglio visited the Sanctuary of María del Rosario of San
commented that Bergoglio should knew about María del
Rosario apparitions because he worked with Monsignor Castagna in the
Episcopal Conference since 2002. This fact was confirmed through the
following two links recounting the events related to the vote and the
candidates vying positions:
It is also commented that Bergoglio
allowed the presentation of the visionaries of Medugorge in Buenos
Aires a little before his election as Pope. This fact was also
confirmed in the following link:
In this site it is stated Source
It's also reported that on at least
three occasions he approved the visits to parishes or a stadium in his
archdiocese of two priests and a visionary, Ivan Dragicevic, from the
currently-under-Vatican-study site of Medjugorje; the seer's visit came
on March 4, just two weeks before Francis's election as Pope.
It was Pope
Francis who, as a bishop, initiated much of the devotion in
South America to "Our Lady, Undoer Of Knots" -- a mystical novena.
There is no
information as yet on whether he did visit, however, and if so,
what his discernment was. (talking about the apparitions of San Nicola).
Was Cardinal Bergoglio -- not yet a bishop --
aware of San Nicolás?
On September 28, 2008, some 200,000 people participated in
the Eucharistic celebration near the Sanctuary of Mary of the Rosary of
San Nicolás, for the 25th Anniversary of the appearances of Our
Lady in Argentina. The Eucharistic celebration was presided over by the
new bishop of San Nicolás de los Arroyos, Héctor
Cardelli, who in his homily stressed that "when Mary calls us together,
the family is reinforced, because the Mother is bringing her children
together." It is difficult to think that Cardinal Bergoglio -- now in
that conference of bishops -- was unaware of this.
2) In the next link (Source
the following is mentioned (google translated):
The first comment on the blog reads:
"Monsignor Domingo Salvador Castagna,
bishop of St. Nicholas, appointed a commission of six priests who have
examined spiritual phenomena and messages, as well as a team of
doctors, psychiatrists and psychologists
from the University of Salvador, which issued its findings, positive in
1985-1986. They found no doctrinal error
in messages, or hallucinations or pathological phenomena in Gladys ".
The first blog response to this comment
"I THINK BEING CARDINAL, BERGOGLIO
NEVER WAS AT SAN NICOLAS ... MAYBE I'M WRONG .. IT SHOULD BE FIND ...
One of the components of "la Guardia de
Hierro" was a group that, today, is classified as a sect.
They initially were devoted to
MarÃa del Rosario and recognized themselves as members of
the Catholic Church and shared the line of thinking of Peron. After his
death, the ideology of the group was transformed and began
to believe that the Virgin Mary' messages were directed to the
ending of the temporal government of Argentina.
The Bishop of San Nicolas de los
Arroyos, Monsignor Hector Cardelli (photo), issued a statement noting
that, as pastor of the Catholic Church and due to the broadcasts
messages called 'Pedro Segundo, Servant of the servants loyal to the
King Christ Jesus', I made know that this person, as well as their
followers, are not agents of the Catholic Church. "
It is reported that the leader of this sect is Segundo Rolon, who was deputy of the province of
Buenos Aires by "Guardia de Hierro" in the period 83/87 at Herminio Iglesias's hand."
He added that "in 1988,
Rolon laity formed the Order of Maria del Rosario de San Nicolas. At first,
the worship team to the appearance of the Virgin
was formed with members
or sympathizers of the Iron Guard nationwide. In
the beginning the group was presented as
part of the Church and
with a strong Peronist
content, but by the end of the millennium, Rolon and other members began to argue
that they received messages
from the Virgin and Jesus, which
will begin to increase
tension with Catholic authorities in the city of Saint Nicholas,
people on the 25th of September when the pilgrims went to the
anniversary of the Virgin's apparition at San Nicola.
As a side note:
To the eyes of the priest of the following news, preparation for a
sacrament was not necessary to Bergoglio!:
"Bergoglio, says Father 'Pepe' - has
always believed deeply in the power of grace, the grace that is donated
through the sacraments. And always believed more in the power of grace
than in the importance of proper preparation prior catechetical
educational paths. The Church should encourage and facilitate people's