|Argentinia||BISHOPS SLAM INSULT AGAINST POPE|
Argentina's bishops on Friday slammed a local human rights group leader who called Pope John Paul II a "pig" and "Judas" because he had appealed to a British judge on behalf of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.
"In light of repeated insults to the Holy Father John Paul II ... Argentina's Episcopal Conference expresses its public astonishment and consternation," the bishops said in a statement.
Catholic World News reports that Hebe de Bonafini, leader of Mothers of Plaza de Mayo -- the country's largest human rights group -- said on Thursday in an interview with local television that the Holy Father was "a pig." She had already publicly called him "Judas," because of his appeal for Pinochet who is being held in Britain at the request of a Spanish judge who wants to try him for human rights abuses.
The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo have been investigating for more than 20 years the fate of 15,000 to 30,000 people who disappeared or were killed during the "dirty war" between the Argentine military and leftist rebels.
Catholic World News 1:21pm 15/6/99