Venezuela President Criticizes Bishops “For Not Obeying Pope Francis”

Venezuela President Criticizes Bishops “For Not Obeying Pope Francis”

[Playing the Pope card]

Embattled Venezuela Socialist president Nicolás Maduro has said that the local bishops disobey Pope Francis’ orders because they refuse to reply to an invitation of the government to participate in the convening of a National Constituent Assembly. “The Episcopal Conference has not answered the phone?”, Maduro said, “Silence in the afternoon. They do not answer the telephone, and do not follow the orders of Pope Francisco. Oh dear…”

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4 comments on “Venezuela President Criticizes Bishops “For Not Obeying Pope Francis”

  1. [Playing their version of the Pope card (by affirming their “obedience to the Roman Pontiff, whether Francis or another” – Are they crypto-BLEEPS?) as well as the LatinoChurch card]

    Leading prelate calls for ‘radical change’ in Venezuela, condemns oppression, pleads for aid

    Catholic World News – May 18, 2017

    Venezuela’s bishops met in Caracas on May 16 as unrest continued to spread in the nation.

    The president of the episcopal conference, Archbishop Diego Padrón of Cumaná, recalled that all 22 of Latin America’s episcopal conferences recently expressed solidarity with the Church in Venezuela, as well as concern about the “the deaths [and] violence,” and the “division [and] violation of human rights.”

    Archbishop Padrón called upon the dioceses of Latin America to undertake charitable initiatives to assist the Venezuelan people “despite the obstacles.” He also asked other nations to welcome Venezuelans who are fleeing the country and urged the international community to make humanitarian assistance to Venezuelans a high priority.

    The prelate affirmed the episcopate’s “obedience to the Roman Pontiff, whether Francis or another,” and characterized reports of division as “false and malicious.”

    Denouncing repression and murder, “barbarism and violence,” Archbishop Padrón said that the “current governing political system is rationally unjustifiable, ethically illegitimate, and morally intolerable. This is not a juridic or political judgment, but a moral and spiritual one, a prophetic line.”

    The prelate called upon Venezuela’s people to work for “radical change” in the nation and said that “legitimate protest in the street must be peaceful and respectful of people and property, and a sign of ethical and civil resistance.”

    Archbishop Padrón concluded by urging President Nicolás Maduro and other members of the government to “solve the very serious problems they have provoked with improvised and harmful measures” and to listen to the voice of the people.

  2. Catholic World News

    Venezuela’s bishops call on government to end oppression

    May 19, 2017

    At a special meeting in Caracas, Venezuela’s bishops issued a statement on the worsening crisis in the nation.

    Thanking Pope Francis and the apostolic nuncio for their solicitude, the bishops spoke about the growing hunger and despairand reminded their flock that they have called upon their parishes to observe May 21 as a day of prayer, fasting, and solidarity.

    In their statement, dated May 17 and released the following day, the bishops encouraged the Venezuelan people “to continue to express their views in a peaceful way. The legitimate and forceful demand of citizens’ rights should not be contaminated by violent actions.”

    The prelates also called upon the Maduro regime to heed the points presented by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, in 2016—including the opening of a humanitarian corridor, the release of political prisoners, and the recognition of the National Assembly, which had been led by the opposition but was dissolved by the nation’s high courst.

    Addressing the police and the military, the bishops denounced “the numerous deaths of citizens caused by abuses of authority in repressive actions. The moral responsibility for acts that lead to violence, injury and death rests with those who execute them, as well as those who order or permit them.”

    The bishops then quoted the words of Blessed Óscar Romero of El Salvador: “In the name of God and of this suffering people, I beg you, I supplicate you, I order you to stop the repression.”

    • [Speaking of Abp. Romero]

      Catholic World News

      Judge reopens Romero murder case

      May 19, 2017

      A judge in El Salvador has reopened the case of the murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was slain while offering Mass in 1980 and beatified as a martyr in 2015.

      The judge, Ricardo Chicas, asked prosecutors to press charges against Alvaro Rafael Saravia, the main suspect in the case. In 1993, charges against Saravia were dropped because of an amnesty law; that law, however, was recently overturned.

  3. Trump Pledges to Do ‘Whatever Is Necessary’ to ‘Fix’ Venezuela

    WASHINGTON, D.C.– President Trump on Thursday said the U.S. would provide humanitarian assistance to address the deteriorating situation in western Venezuela, facing a collapsing economy and years of rebellion against the socialist government.

    The area along the Colombian border has descended into chaos and violence. Most recently, a man buying diapers and a teenager buying flour for his family were shot dead this week, according to press accounts, in incidents that are not uncommon in the region.

    “People don’t have enough to eat. People have no food. There’s great violence. And we will do whatever is necessary, and we’ll work together to do whatever is necessary to help with fixing that, and I’m really talking on a humanitarian level,” Trump said.

    “A stable and peaceful Venezuela is in the best interest of the entire hemisphere. And America stands with all of the people in our great hemisphere yearning to be free,” Trump said.

    Shortly after the press conference, the Treasury Department announced a new round of sanctions, freezing the assets in the U.S. of eight members of Venezuela’s Supreme Court, which recently attempted to nullify the nation’s legislature and grant itself the right to draft laws.

    The Trump administration issued similar sanctions two months ago against Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami under the “Drug Kingpin Act” for his ties to multinational drug smuggling operations.

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