Bishops pray for exorcism as anti-Catholic attacks continue in Nicaragua

Bishops pray for exorcism as anti-Catholic attacks continue in Nicaragua

The bishops will pray the prayer of exorcism to St Michael the Archangel later this week

As attacks on Catholic clergy continue and anti-government protesters are besieged by Nicaraguan police and paramilitaries, the bishops said they would pray an exorcism prayer.

The bishops said that July 20 would be a day of prayer and fasting “as an act of atonement for the profanation carried out in recent months against God.” On that day, “We will pray the prayer of exorcism to St Michael Archangel.”

On July 15, the vehicle of Bishop Juan Mata Guevara of Esteli was shot as he travelled to the city of Nindiri, where he had hoped to stop an attack by police and paramilitaries. The bishop escaped unharmed but the vehicle’s tires were shot out and windows broken, said Fr Victor Rivas, executive secretary of the Nicaraguan bishops’ conference.

An attack on July 14 at the nearby National Autonomous University of Nicaragua campus in Managua left two students dead and injured 15 more. Some of the fleeing protesters sought shelter in Divine Mercy Church, where the injured were being treated, but armed assailants stopped ambulances from reaching the church.

A Washington Post reporter was among those trapped in the parish, which churchmen said had been “profaned,” and pictures posted to social media showed the church had been pockmarked by bullets.

“They are shooting at a church,” Father Erick Alvarado Cole, a pastor at the parish, told The Washington Post. “The government says it respects human rights. Is this respecting human rights?”

On July 9, Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes Solorzano of Managua and his auxiliary, Bishop Silvio Jose Baez, and Archbishop Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag, the apostolic nuncio, were among clergy from Managua pummeled as they attempted to protect St Sebastian Basilica in the city of Diriamba from an incursion by a pro-government mob. Bishop Baez and at least one other priest were injured. Journalists also were attacked and had cameras and other equipment stolen.

“In recent days, the repression and violence carried out by the pro-government paramilitaries against the people who protest civically has gotten worse. … Today, like never before, human rights are being violated in Nicaragua,” the bishops’ July 14 statement said. “Members of the national dialogue” – convened by the bishops’ conference – “defenders of human rights and independent media have been the objects of campaigns of defamation by the government.”

Human rights groups put the death toll in Nicaragua at more than 350 since April 18, when protests erupted over reforms to the Central American country’s social security system. Protests later demanded the ousting of President Daniel Ortega, who has dismissed proposals for early elections and repressed protests with violence.

Churches in Nicaragua have served as centres for treating the wounded and allowing the work of human rights groups. Priests toll church bells to warn local populations of the police and paramilitaries arriving.

Covenant House, known as Casa Alianza in Latin America, issued an urgent call for donations, saying staff were forced to sleep in the shelters due to security concerns and its homes had to buy months of supplies such as food and medicines in advance. Casa Alianza works with homeless and trafficked children.

In their statement, the bishops said brokering a deal through dialogue has proved difficult.

“We have been witnesses to a lack of political will of the government to dialogue in a sincere way and look for real processes that will lead us to a true democracy” and not carrying out “the urgent dismantling of the armed pro-government forces,” the bishops’ statement said. “Government representatives have twisted the principal objective for which the national dialogue was established.”

A Catholic analyst in Nicaragua, who preferred not to be named for security reasons, said the dialogue has been interpreted as an attempt by Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, to buy time. The bishops also run the risk of being blamed for the collapse of the talks if they withdraw as mediators, the analyst said.

“(The government) and vice president have been appropriating religious language for some time and now are saying the government is doing God’s work,” the analyst told CNS.

The bishops said they would continue working as mediators, but their role goes beyond sitting at the negotiating table.

“Given the prophetic dimension of our ministry we have seen the urgency of going to the places of conflict to defend the lives of the defenceless, to bring comfort to the victims and mediate with the goal of a peaceful solution to the situation,” the bishops said. “The Nicaraguan church will continue to use all of the means it is able to. Our mission as pastors and prophets does not contradict our role as mediators and witnesses given that what we seek is peace and justice as Nicaraguans.”

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6 comments on “Bishops pray for exorcism as anti-Catholic attacks continue in Nicaragua

  1. Well, the bishops might want to also look into using even more from the Church’s treasury of traditional exorcism prayers, as well, given the intensity of the crisis.
    Using the formula utilized by the bishops of Portugal to consecrate their homeland to the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady could also be recommended. Portugal faced dire threats by Reds and Nazis but was delivered from both in the 1930s and never struck during WW II.

  2. Are these not the same same clergy that embraced Liberation Theology ? Welcome to the the Marxist State ! The only thing that will help these clowns is the 82 nd Airborne and that is not going to happen ! Viva Che !!!

  3. As far as crazy modernists go, liberal homosexuals pretending to be priests tend to be attracted to Marxist Liberation theology because it shifts the emphasis from personal sin to economic and political issues in a way which provides for a lot of passive-aggressive acting out in social protest and street agitation. Catharsis for them. Why this answers to queer dilemmas would require a panel of psychiatrists and psychologists, but along the same lines as why the sexual issues of other liberals and Leftists lead them to direct their personal frustrations at unsolvable political and economic conflicts. That’s why a lot of chubby incel women and menopausal feminists who like to scream a lot through bullhorns also show up at these protests, when they are not ranting about patriarchy and the oppression caused by men.

    The liberal queers from Philadephia who entered the Jesuits in the late 1960s and 1970s to avoid Vietnam and Cardinal Krol’s ban on beards in Philadelphia really went into this Marxist Liberation theology stuff after Vietnam. They needed something new to protest about after the war was over. The first phase was a lettuce boycott connected with Cesar Chavez, a spinoff from Bobby Kennedy’s courting of Chavez in the ’68 campaign.

    There was a modernist cabal at Fordham who looked forward to a Puerto Rican Revolution in New York which would provide some relief and outlet for their queerness, as an escape from bourgeois complacency. Much like a Godzilla attack on Manhattan that would have excited the Japanese after World War II. Now that that is starting to come to fruition look for Marxist Liberation Theology 2.0 in the near future.

    The anti-bourgeois neurosis behind Marxist Liberation Theology seems to have something to do with hating their parents and middle school Physical Education. By destroying Western bourgeois society all those jock bullies from their past go down with the dialectic.

    The turn of events in Nicaragua has to do with the karma of Marxist Liberation theology. At least they are looking for exorcists now. Consider that progress.

    • “Marxist Liberation theology shifts the emphasis from personal sin to economic and political issues in a way which provides for a lot of passive-aggressive acting out in social protest and street agitation. Catharsis for them. ”
      Makes sense.
      And everyone wants to think he is a good person. Fighting for “social justice” — loving one’s neighbor in the abstract — is a darned good way to fool oneself into thinking that. It also carries a lot of cred with said neighbor, who will tend to support your high opinion of yourself.
      Best thing is, you don’t have to do a single concrete act of real charity to the actual person right next to you.
      And I’d trust common sense over any number of psychiatrists and psychologists.

  4. An outstanding diagnosis, Professor Howl ! Congratulations! 👍👍👍👍

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