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Catholics and the torture chamber

June 9, 2015

Excerpt from an OUPblog article published on June 5th, by Gustavo Morello, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston College. He is the author of The Catholic Church and Argentina's Dirty War, which is now available on Oxford Scholarship Online.

The Catholic Church and Argentina’s Dirty War

"Argentina, 1976. On the afternoon of 3 August, Fr. James Weeks went to his room to take a nap while the five seminarians of the La Salette congregation living with him went to attend classes. Joan McCarthy, an American nun who was visiting them, stayed by the fireplace, knitting a scarf. They would have dinner together and discuss the next mission in Jujuy, a Northwestern province of Argentina, where McCarthy worked. Suddenly, a loud noise came from the door. Before McCarthy could reach it, a mob burst into the house. Around ten men spread all over the house, claiming to be the police, looking for weapons, guerrilla hideouts, and ‘subversive fighters.’ When the seminarians arrived, they and Weeks were blindfolded and taken to an unknown location. The seminarians ‘disappeared’ for a few days, then were jailed and tortured for two months, before finally being exiled to the United States."

Discover more: Read about Videla's military regime and its persecution of Catholics, in Gustavo's article 'Catholics and the torture chamber'. The introduction to The Catholic Church and Argentina's Dirty War is now free and available to read until the end of July. Get access to the full text of this book, as well as over 1,500 Oxford Law titles, by recommending OSO to your librarian today.