Leftist mob assaults Venezuelan archbishop at Mass

Leftist mob assaults Venezuelan archbishop at Mass

[The “People’s Theology” (see Fr. Z’s quote from Tracy Rowland’s Catholic Theology: Doing Theology in the post above) in action]

Catholic World News – April 14, 2017

Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas was roughed up by leftists who burst into the basilica of Santa Teresa on Wednesday of Holy Week.

The violent protesters, supporters of President Nicolas Maduro, rushed the sanctuary of the basilica as the cardinal was preaching. Several people were reportedly injured in the incident.

The incident occurred during a Mass attended by several prominent members of Maduro’s opposition.

The Maduro government has accused Cardinal Urosa Savino of provoking violence by saying that civil disobedience is justified to stop Venezuela’s slide “toward dictatorship.” The cardinal was preaching about the dangers of an increasingly authoritarian government when Maduro’s supporters disrupted the Mass.

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2 comments on “Leftist mob assaults Venezuelan archbishop at Mass

  1. [Hat-tip to Tancred at The Eponymous Flower: “Pope and Media Silent as Caracas Cathedral Attacked by Reds”]

    Where is Pope Francis in the wake of socialist mob assault on archbishop in Venezuela?

    By Monica Showalter
    4/14/17

    Less than a week after 49 Egyptian Christians were massacred in two bombings in Alexandria and Tanta during Palm Sunday Mass, Venezuela’s socialist thugs stormed a Wednesday Holy Week mass, assaulting the presiding archbishop of Caracas and the church’s worshipers and trashing and looting the church. The attack wasn’t on the same level as the terrorist bombing, but it signaled an emboldened and increasingly violent state, which may well have been drawing inspiration from the horror in Egypt.

    As one wag on Lucianne.com put it, “Communism: the other religion of peace.”

    The archbishop in question, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Sabino, was no ordinary archbishop. For years he has blasted the horrors of Venezuela’s chavismo for leaving the poor more impoverished and hungry than ever, even as it purports to speak in the poor’s name. He’s denounced dictatorship and warned of its ascent in the country. Along with many archbishops, he’s tried to warn Pope Francis that materialistic communism is an unmitigated disaster for the country.

    Incredibly, the Vatican response to this desecration of the Mass during the holiest week of the Christian calendar has been…silence. There’s nothing about it on Vatican Radio – just radio silence. It’s almost a curious echo of the Vatican’s lack of outrage over the assault and murder of a French priest as he said mass in Normandy, France.

    Christianity may demand turning the other cheek, but the Mass is sacred and there is a Christian duty to resist evil. If the Vatican won’t stand up for its people, at a minimum it must stand up for the sacredness of the Mass. Yet somehow it doesn’t. And Pope Francis has been notoriously soft on the Caracas regime, doing little to mitigate the situation, as he seems to view both sides with equal moral weight. But it ought to say something when its own archbishop has been attacked at Mass and his church has been looted by criminals at the behest of the state. It ought to defend the sacredness of the Mass.

    By contrast, when Pussy Riot’s punk rockers tried to desecrate an Eastern Orthodox Divine Liturgy in Moscow in 2012, President Putin wasted no time shipping them for a two-year stretch in Gulag Archipelago in the frozen wilds of Siberia. Many thought that was draconian, but whatever you think of the punishment, there haven’t been any interrupted Divine Liturgies since.

    The Vatican continues to say nothing.

    Less than a week after 49 Egyptian Christians were massacred in two bombings in Alexandria and Tanta during Palm Sunday Mass, Venezuela’s socialist thugs stormed a Wednesday Holy Week mass, assaulting the presiding archbishop of Caracas and the church’s worshipers and trashing and looting the church. The attack wasn’t on the same level as the terrorist bombing, but it signaled an emboldened and increasingly violent state, which may well have been drawing inspiration from the horror in Egypt.

    As one wag on Lucianne.com put it, “Communism: the other religion of peace.”

    The archbishop in question, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Sabino, was no ordinary archbishop. For years he has blasted the horrors of Venezuela’s chavismo for leaving the poor more impoverished and hungry than ever, even as it purports to speak in the poor’s name. He’s denounced dictatorship and warned of its ascent in the country. Along with many archbishops, he’s tried to warn Pope Francis that materialistic communism is an unmitigated disaster for the country.

    Incredibly, the Vatican response to this desecration of the Mass during the holiest week of the Christian calendar has been…silence. There’s nothing about it on Vatican Radio – just radio silence. It’s almost a curious echo of the Vatican’s lack of outrage over the assault and murder of a French priest as he said mass in Normandy, France.

    Christianity may demand turning the other cheek, but the Mass is sacred and there is a Christian duty to resist evil. If the Vatican won’t stand up for its people, at a minimum it must stand up for the sacredness of the Mass. Yet somehow it doesn’t. And Pope Francis has been notoriously soft on the Caracas regime, doing little to mitigate the situation, as he seems to view both sides with equal moral weight. But it ought to say something when its own archbishop has been attacked at Mass and his church has been looted by criminals at the behest of the state. It ought to defend the sacredness of the Mass.

    By contrast, when Pussy Riot’s punk rockers tried to desecrate an Eastern Orthodox Divine Liturgy in Moscow in 2012, President Putin wasted no time shipping them for a two-year stretch in Gulag Archipelago in the frozen wilds of Siberia. Many thought that was draconian, but whatever you think of the punishment, there haven’t been any interrupted Divine Liturgies since.

    The Vatican continues to say nothing.

  2. “By contrast, when Pussy Riot’s punk rockers tried to desecrate an Eastern Orthodox Divine Liturgy in Moscow in 2012, President Putin wasted no time shipping them for a two-year stretch in Gulag Archipelago in the frozen wilds of Siberia. Many thought that was draconian, but whatever you think of the punishment, there haven’t been any interrupted Divine Liturgies since.”

    I find it fascinating that a country that was until relatively recently the bastion of Marxist, anti Christian atheism, is now defending the Christian Faith.
    Meanwhile, the Holy See, the center of the Church, is inviting homos and their partners to lunch while remaining silent as the Church’s bishops are being assaulted.

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