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November 28, 1988 | JAMES F. SMITH, Times Staff Writer
When a new parish priest arrived in this placid farming town 10 days ago, scores of people stood outside his church and shouted, "Murderer!" The town council declared Father Christian von Wernich persona non grata. Trade unions and civic organizations castigated him. Families boycotted Mass or refused to let him baptize their babies.
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November 28, 1988 | JAMES F. SMITH, Times Staff Writer
When a new parish priest arrived in this placid farming town 10 days ago, scores of people stood outside his church and shouted, "Murderer!" The town council declared Father Christian von Wernich persona non grata. Trade unions and civic organizations castigated him. Families boycotted Mass or refused to let him baptize their babies.
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August 9, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
An Argentine priest accused of committing human-rights abuses while serving as a police force chaplain under Argentina's military regime was arrested after refusing to testify in court. The Rev. Christian von Wernich, a Roman Catholic priest accused of aiding the torture of opposition figures during a 1976-1983 dictatorship, was detained by police in Buenos Aires this week.
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August 7, 2003 | From Reuters
Argentine authorities detained a Roman Catholic priest Wednesday and accused him of helping police and army torturers extract information from leftists during a 1976-83 dictatorship. Under Argentine law a judge must decide in the next few days whether to press criminal charges against the Rev. Christian von Wernich, a former police chaplain who has been the target of street protests over the last decade.
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October 10, 2007 | Patrick J. McDonnell, Times Staff Writer
A Roman Catholic priest accused of collaborating with the Argentine military dictatorship more than two decades ago was convicted Tuesday of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison. The case of Christian Federico von Wernich, 69, a former police chaplain, had become a rallying cry among human rights activists who said it was the first time the church's alleged complicity with the junta had been addressed in court.
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July 4, 1995 | WILLIAM R. LONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The infamous name of Father Christian von Wernich, a parish priest in the quiet town of Bragado, Argentina, has been in the news again lately. Von Wernich's resurgent notoriety has to do with the torture, disappearance and murder of political prisoners under military rule in the late 1970s, when he was a police chaplain.
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October 21, 2007 | Patrick J. McDonnell, Times Staff Writer
buenos aires -- He was a Catholic priest who roamed the gulag of secret Argentine detention centers like a kind of spiritual predator. "The life of men depends on God -- and on your collaboration," Father Christian Federico von Wernich once advised an inmate before betraying the prisoner's trust, according to testimony.
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