Venezuelan cardinal blasts ‘reprehensible and intolerable’ government policies; Pope again calls for negotiated end to Venezuelan crisis

Venezuelan cardinal blasts ‘reprehensible and intolerable’ government policies; Pope again calls for negotiated end to Venezuelan crisis

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[Francis fiddles while Venezuela burns]

Catholic World News – July 03, 2017

Venezuelan cardinal blasts ‘reprehensible and intolerable’ government policies

The political crisis in Venezuela could be described as a “government war against the people,” Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas said on June 29.

Cardinal Urosa condemned the government’s repressive tactics in the face of public protests, and charged that the regime of President Nicolas Maduro is seeking “to establish a totalitarian Marxist militaristic system” and using “illegal resources to dismantle the state.”

The cardinal insists that these criticism were not his personal opinion, but the shared belief of the Venezuelan bishops. The episcopal conference has opposed Maduro’s call for constitutional changes, saying that the country’s people have more immediate needs for food, medicine, and respect for the existing constitution.

Cardinal Urosa issued his denunciation of the “reprehensible and intolerable” government on June 29, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. The Venezuelan bishops have consistently criticized the Maduro regime and supported public protests.

Pope again calls for negotiated end to Venezuelan crisis

Pope Francis renewed his appeal for peace in Venezuela during his regular midday audience on Sunday, July 2.

“I promise my own prayers for this beloved nation,” the Pope said. “I call for an end to violence and a peaceful and democratic solution to the crisis.”

The Pontiff has carefully avoided direct criticism of the government of President Nicolas Maduro, while repeatedly calling for negotiations to end the Venezuelan economic and political crisis. The country’s bishops have been more pointed in their statements opposing the policies of the Maduro regime and sympathizing with public protests.

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