Sunday, June 14, 2009

Venezuela: Socialist Hugo Chávez' Government: continues to subvert Venezuelan Bishops, sees them as threat

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. Catholic Culture (Catholic; Independent; American) 12 / 06 (June) / 2009 ; Catholic News Agency (CNA) (Catholic; independent; American) 12 / 06 (June) / 2009 ; Pope's reply to Bishops' concerns: On Zenit News (Catholic; independent; American) 08 / 06 (June) / 2009 ; Spanish version on Vatican Site: 08 / 06 (June) / 2009; Automatic translation, via Google Translate of given page from Vatican site: 08 / 06 (June) / 2009 ; Our own Archive: 05 / 02 (February) / 2009 ;  25 / 10 (October) / 2008 ; 23 / 01 (January) / 2008)

Catholic Bishops are "Spreading Hate": said Tareck El Aissami, in response to update Bishops gave papacy:

Interior minister, of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Tareck El Aissami, has accused the Roman Catholic Bishops in his nation, of becoming a political party of sorts, and of being guilty of spreading hate.

This follows statements by Archbishop Ubaldo Santana to current Pontiff, Benedict XVI, during the bishops' recent Ad Limina visit to the Vatican. In accords with the general norm of Ad Limina visits, the Archbishop, had informed the pontiff of his view of the situation of the Catholic Church in his region, whereby he has said of Chavez government, that "a growing political polarization has increased violence, insecurity and hatred, seriously jeopardizing peaceful democratic coexistence."(Catholic News Agency (CNA) (Catholic; independent; American) 12 / 06 (June) / 2009 ).

Venezuelan Interior Minister: Bishops are so mislead, that he must say "God Forgive Them, They Don't Know What They Are Saying"

In the Interior minister's attack on the Roman Catholic Church, the Venezuelan Minister further said: "God forgive them, they don’t know what they are saying," (a seeming reference to Christ being crucified on the cross, forgiving his killers) of the bishops, having already said: that if "If anyone has spread hatred in Venezuela", it was the Catholic bishops's Conference stationed in the his party's Socialist ruled Country.

During January, the: Vice President of the EU (European Union's) Parliament: Mario Mauro (Archive: 23 / Jan / 2009) , who was also the representative on religious persecution in the: Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, had already in January this year, said that basic "liberties", were being scraped away from Venezuelan citizens. In this statement, he implicated the Venezuelan Government!

Responding to the concerns, and status reports given by the Bishops, the Holy Roman Pontiff: Pope Benedict XVI, had said (loose translation via machine:)

"7. I conclude with a word of hope and encouragement in your work; You may count on my support always, application and spiritual closeness. And I ask you to bear my affectionate greeting to all members of your particular Churches: the bishop emeritus, priests, religious and lay faithful, especially on marriage, the young, the elderly and those who suffer. With these sentiments, invoking the protection of the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Coromoto, cherished throughout Venezuela, I cordially impart the Apostolic Blessing heart."

this is a translation of:

"7. Concluyo con una palabra de esperanza y aliento en vuestra tarea; contáis siempre con mi apoyo, solicitud y cercanía espiritual. Y os pido que llevéis mi saludo afectuoso a todos los miembros de vuestras Iglesias particulares: a los Obispos eméritos, los sacerdotes, religiosos y fieles laicos, especialmente a los matrimonios, a los jóvenes, a los ancianos y a las personas que sufren. Con estos sentimientos, e invocando la protección de la Virgen María, Nuestra Señora de Coromoto, tan querida en toda Venezuela, os imparto de corazón la Bendición Apostólica."

(Pope's response during "Ad Limina" Visit: Spanish version on Vatican Site: 08 / 06 (June) / 2009; Automatic translation, via Google Translate of given page from Vatican site: 08 / 06 (June) / 2009 ;)

Below is an article which was written for publication, during the period, in which our service went down, due to technical issues. It helps give further perspective of the issue in Venezuela, and allows us to publish a researched work which we had been prevented from publishing online:

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. "Rorate Caeli" ("Catholic"; No Location Specified ) 16 / 05 (May) / 2009:

Article by Marc Aupiais

In what is seen as payback, for the direct and open opposition to "Populist" Venezualan President Hugo Chávez's Socialistic party, during previous democratic action: the National Assembly, of the Venezuelan Republic (officially: "República Bolivariana de Venezuela"/" Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela"), has made a statement against the Catholic Bishops in his country. He did this, while apposing what the Church considers as their Canonical right to suspend two priests, who refused to perform the Feast Day Mass set for the day, and instead, celebrated a Mass following a political concept in support of the ruling socialists's agenda.

Father Máximo Ochoa and Father Edmundo Cadenas, in defiance of their bishops, and in support of the Socialist government: celebrated a so-called "People's Mass", on a traditional Roman Catholic Feast Day.

While our service does not have the facts, this could refer to a "Day of Obligation", when Catholics are "obligated" by the Catholic Church to attend a Mass in honour of a certain aspect of the Catholic Faith.

Holding a Mass, in honour of politicians on a Feast Day, could be seen as political subvertion against the bishops, and essentially as a minor act of schism. The bishops, who were defied by the two, reportedly had had them suspended until they revoke their actions of seeming schism.

Following this, on May 14th 2009: the two: Fr. Máximo Ochoa and Fr. Edmundo Cadenas, whom "Rorate Caeli", claims are connected with Populist Venezualan President Hugo Chávez's Socialistic Ruling party, testified in the Venezuelan Parliament's National Assembly, against their Bishops:

"“We have done no crime in order to apologize. We would rather walk along with the simple folk, our people, according to Liberation Theology, than with the dominating class. The reprisal happened [for choosing] to lead a Christian life and for the preferential option for the poor."
“The Bishops suspend us, but the people absolve us,” they added.

"Quotation from (Rorate Caeli (Catholic; No Location Specified ) 16 / 05 (May) / 2009)
According to "Rorate Caeli", the country's National Assembly, then,

"“exhort[ed] the hierarchy of the Catholic Church to follow the democratic and social justice principles of our Constitution, openly violated with the absurd political decision which threaten freedom of worship and the practices of the faithful who, year after year, take part in the Mass of the Blessing of the Sea in Puerto Cabello". "

Venezuela is known for claims of Voter Intimidation, as we reported on the 05 / 02 (February) / 2009 and on the   25 / 10 (October) / 2008, and 23 / 01 (January) / 2008. It is also known for claims of anti-religious violence, as our archives note.

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