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The society, culture, and politics of Argentina are deeply imbued with Roman Catholicism. The Church’s place in Argentine national identity, which spans across the...

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Juan Carlos Aramburu

Cardinal Juan Carlos Aramburu was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires from 1975 to 1990. His leadership role in the Argentinian Church coincided with the National Reorganization Process, also known as the Dirty War, carried out by the military government of Jorge Rafael Videla. There have been numerous accusations that the Catholic Church played an enabling role in the human rights atrocities that occurred from 1976-1983 in Argentina, and the cardinal has been singled out for criticism for his silence during the dictatorship. In 1982, Aramburu claimed that there were no common graves in Argentina, pointing out that some of the disappeared were living in Europe. After the return to democracy, he advocated forgiveness and national reconciliation, supporting an amnesty for the military.