Clergyman Not Known in Chile by Alias

, August 17, 2007

Re: Clergyman to Stand Trial for 'Dirty War' Crimes in Argentina

To the Editor:

I just wanted to correct a mistake that journalists have been making ever since the news came out. I live in Chile, near El Quisco, where Christian Von Wernich was living. He never used the alias "Christian Gonzalez."

Everybody knew him as "Padre Christian Von Wernich." When the news came out speaking of a Christian Von Wernich, we all knew who it was right away. I even know that the official Church decrees naming him pastor of the parish of El Quisco using the name "Christian Von Wernich."

As for the rest of his story, I do not want to make a judgment.

Maurice Alvarado

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