Last week social leader and all-round good egg Margarita Barrientos claimed to have been turned away by Pope Francis just moments before an arranged meeting back in 2013, and now it turns out she’s rejected an invitation to go to the Vatican later this month. What goes around comes around… eh nevermind.
Last week, Barrientos went on-air to say that the 2013 audience with Papa Francisco was called off without an explanation as she waited in the Vatican for him. Her comments came shortly after it was announced that the Pope would be meeting with the head of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, Hebe de Bonafini, another social leader like Barrientos… except with radically opposite political leanings. While Barrientos is known to have a close relationship with President Mauricio Macri, Bonafini has likened the current President to the last military dictatorship. BFFs they are not. The timing of Barrientos’ “revelation” led some media outlets to conclude that the move was perhaps political.
Despite such claims, a close friend of the Pope’s, Villa Urquiza priest Fabián Báez, told press this week that the Pope “never knew” that Barrientos was in the Vatican and that the whole episode was a mix up.
Whatever the truth of the situation may be, the Vatican extended a figurative olive branch by offering Barrientos to attend a conference led by the Pope’s very own Scholas Occurrentes Foundation at the Vatican, presumably because the Catholic Church will collapse should there be any further negative press. Between a backward attitude towards contraception and systemic child abuse, turning away invitees could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back!
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Unfortunately for the Vatican, Barrientos has rejected the invitation saying she has to work to do, as she plans to open a soup kitchen on the proposed date in the northern province of Santiago del Estero, and this is certainly some fantastic publicity.
“At some point in the future I’d love to. But right now I have to work. I’m committed to these people,” Barrientos told television station TN.
But you don’t just turn down God, Margarita. Better start saying those Hail Marys. You should just take the plane tickets and have an Italian holiday. I’ve heard Tuscany is lovely.