- Inés San Martín
- Dec 18, 2018
The Catholic Church finds itself in the middle of Nicaragua’s government and protesters.
BOACO VIEJO-TEUSEPE-CAMOAPA, Nicaragua – Although historically being a Catholic priest in Central America brought tremendous privilege and esteem, today nobody would say it’s a cushy gig. Constant political turmoil, chronic poverty and a priest shortage that might demand a cleric to say five Masses on one Sunday are every-day facts
Catholics in favor of the regime typically refuse to talk to the media because they haven’t been authorized to do so. Such is the tight control the ruling couple has on the country’s six million people, minus an estimated 30,000 who have fled in recent months to Costa Rica.
As the Catholic Church around the world struggles to maintain its credibility after the clerical sexual abuse crisis, in Nicaragua public trust in at least one bishop appears to be going up on a daily basis despite a government campaign to bring him down.
MANAGUA, Nicaragua – For the past five months, Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes has seemed an unwilling leader in the Church’s attempts to help the country regain peace after a civil uprising that began on April 18 leaving hundreds dead and an even greater number imprisoned or “disappeared.” Despite the hardships he’s
The Advent message was signed by all ten Nicaraguan bishops despite attempts from the government of President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, over the last several months to sow division within the Church.