More bad news from Venezuela 

[More bad news from Venezuela]
From Catholic World News – 1/29/18
L’Osservatore Romano (January 28 Italian edition) devoted front-page coverage to this story.
French President Emmanuel Macron also called for tougher sanctions against Venezuela’s authoritarian regime.
L’Osservatore Romano (January 27 Italian edition) devoted front-page coverage to this story.
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4 comments on “More bad news from Venezuela 

  1. [To be “fair and balanced”]

    Maduro accuses Venezuelan bishops of committing ‘hate crimes’

    by Catholic Herald Staff Reporter
    posted Friday, 26 Jan 2018

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    Nicolás Maduro addresses Venezuela’s National Assembly last week [The highest paid chorus in that country]

    He was responding after a bishop said the country had a political system that ‘denies human dignity’

    The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, has turned up the heat on the country’s bishops, calling for them to be investigated for “hate crimes”.

    Although Mr Maduro did not mention any names in his speech to the Constitutional Assembly, Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional interpreted the remarks as aimed at two bishops in particular: Archbishop Antonio Lopez Castillo of Barquisimeto and Bishop Víctor Basabe of San Felipe.

    Both recently preached homilies against corruption, which Mr Maduro took as an implied rebuke to his administration.

    Venezuela is struggling through a combined political and economic crisis. Mr Maduro has banned the main opposition parties from taking part in the elections later this year. It is only the latest of the president’s attempts to cement his power by means which opponents say are dictatorial.

    Falling oil revenues and economic disorder have led to a disastrous fall in living standards. The Venezuelan Observatory for Social Conflict has claimed that in the first 11 days of January there were violent deaths throughout Venezuela amid 107 episodes of looting.

    The Venezuelan bishops’ conference has repeatedly opposed Mr Maduro’s actions as unconstitutional and drawn attention to the lack of food and medicine.

    On January 14, the feast of the Divine Shepherdess (a popular Marian feast in Venezuela), Bishop Basabe denounced the “plague” of “so much political corruption that has led Venezuela to moral, economic and social ruin and that is the cause of so much death and destruction in our midst”.

    In remarks reported by El Nacional, the bishop explicitly referred to Mr Maduro’s decision to close the “humanitarian corridor” which would have allowed aid from foreign powers.

    Bishop Basabe also criticised those “who are determined not to understand that the root cause of Venezuela’s ills is the persistence of an economic, political and social model that denies God and therefore human dignity”.

    Archbishop Castillo, meanwhile, drew cheers from a large congregation when he expressed his hope that Venezuela would be saved from corruption.

    Mr Maduro responded angrily, describing how a “devil in a cassock” was fomenting “civil war” with remarks which he described as “filth”.

    Mr Maduro called for an investigation by the legal authorities, including the Supreme Court and the public prosecutor, under the Law Against Hatred and Fascism, which was passed in November.

    Bishop Basabe responded to Mr Maduro in a statement translated by the Catholic News Agency. He said the president had “put words into my mouth”, adding: “How sad it is that a national public official would so scandalously lie in front of the whole country.”

    The bishop said he knew his homily “would upset those who deep down in their consciences know they are responsible for the tragedy that this people whom I love is going through”.

    Bishop Mario Rodríguez, vice-president of the bishops’ conference, said that the two bishops were only repeating what the Venezuelan episcopate has been saying for some time. Archbishop Castillo said that Pope Francis had phoned to express his support.

    Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the UN, said that “targeting religious leaders” showed that the regime “cares only for preserving its own power”.

  2. Venezuelan government’s election plan is a ‘midnight ambush,’ archbishop says

    Catholic World News – 1/30/18

    An abrupt decision by the Venezuelan government to move up presidential elections, without consulting the opposition, was like “a midnight ambush,” said Archbishop Diego Padron of Cumana, the former president of the nation’s episcopal conference. The archbishop said that the unilateral move by allies of President Nicolas Maduro was a violation of the transparency that should characterize democratic government.

  3. Isn’t there some perfectly useless SA commission of national reps that write meaningless reports and recommendations to their fellow banana republican leaders solely for the purpose of having said wastes of paper and righteous rhetoric tossed into the nearest circular file as soon as a conference breaks up and all hands head over to the nearest overpriced watering hole to pat each other on the back?
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    I mean, come on, amigos! Let’s see some typical SA problem solving in action!
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    My two semesters of SA gov’t studies taught me that with very few exceptions the whole continent has been consistently ungovernable since the Incas were running the show. This Venezuelan fiasco of literally hellish dimension is very distressing but, short of sending in the Marines and legions of REALLY Old School Jesuit and Franciscan missionaries to start all over again from where they left off four and five centuries ago, I have no earthly idea what else can be done to help save SA incompetence from itself.
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    Meanwhile, countless helpless souls are starving and dying, just as the bishops stated.

  4. In a more constructive vein, a close study of the economic, political and spiritual miracles that took place in Portugal, a total basket case run by Masons from the beginning of the 20th Century until the 1930s, when Salazar began running things, does provide an example of just what CAN ( and really DID ) happen when both leaders and citizens unite AS CATHOLICS and beg the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady to literally save them.
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    She did. And then some.
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    And even an atheist economist would have to admit that what Portugal experienced from the 1930s through the 1960s could not be explained according to secular theories or reasoning.
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    (Of course not!)

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