Pope Francis and the Falklands

Well, it was one of my first fears when Francis was elected – that Argentina’s government would ramp up the pressure to get its greedy hands on the Falklands. No matter that no Argentine has lived on them, and that the residents of the Falklands have overwhelmingly voted, all but three of them, to remain British. Little matter that the renewed campaign under Presidentrix Kirchner regarding the Falklands has more to do with distracting her citizens from her gross mismanagement of the country and its economy, than with any real matter of justice. Like most things, it has a history of greater or less complexity depending how you view it.

photo_1363618784350_6_0-18kf184So no surprises then that the Presidentrix is already attempting to drag the new Pope into the affair, even though she reviled Cardinal Bergoglio when he was in Buenos Aires for his concerted opposition to her plans to attack the institution of marriage. Now he has become Pope, he is a friend all of a sudden, and the Presidentrix has whipped out another of her faces from the collection she maintains.

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner on Monday asked compatriot Pope Francis to mediate in the Falkland Islands‘ dispute with Britain at the new pontiff’s first talks with a head of state, as world leaders flew in for his inauguration mass. … Kirchner and Francis appeared to have avoided sensitive issues, with the president saying simply: “He’s our pope”.

The rest is here. The new Pope has made a point so far of doing things his own way. On this point he would do well to listen very carefully to the advice he will certainly be given: to speak words of peace, and stay out of the matter.

7 thoughts on “Pope Francis and the Falklands

  1. It is staggering to think, as I have done in many ways, over the last few weeks how many gifts our Holy Father needs…..not simply great holiness, and wisdom, but also a sort of political savvy. All good things (and useful things) come from God, so I pray that the Holy Spirit will give him everything he needs to walk unscathed through the many minefields he must traverse.


  2. I read an article online – I shall do my best to remember where, but I cannot vouch for accuracy as I am a numpty when it comes to things like that – that the Holy Father once again (?!) said that he supports Argentinian sovereignty over the Falklands.

    I know my Catholicism is both deeper than and above any nationality I might have, but I’m having a hard time biting my tongue (and fingers) when I think of this.


    1. This came into my inbox while out today – http://cathcon.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/pope-backs-argentinian-sovereignty-over.html

      In particular there was this sentence:

      “Malvinas: When Cristina suggested that his Holiness intercede with the United Kingdom to comply with the United Nations resolutions calling for dialogue, the successor of Pope Benedict privately confirmed its position in favor of the sovereignty of Argentina islands.”

      The “its” before “position” is weird, as grammatically it seems to refer to the UN. Is it a typo, and should it be “his”? If so, note that his opinion was “privately confirmed” apparently. Or not, for it seems (if true) to have been not very private at all!

      So for now I am not believing a word of it. Surely Francis would not be such a dupe as to serve the political ends of a woman who despises him for his opposition to her in Buenos Aires, and who is clearly trying to manipulate him. If he has fallen for her wiles, then he is about to learn some very hard lessons in diplomacy, very quickly.

      But for now, treat it with a great deal of scepticism.



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