- Jun 21, 2021
As the United States debates sanctions against Nicaragua for the imprisonment of an opposition leader by Daniel Ortega, two of the countries leading Catholic bishops are demanding the regime cease the “exclusion of the adversary.”
In their homilies this weekend, both Bishop Silvio Baez, auxiliary of Managua, and Bishop Rolando Alvarez of Matagalpa had a similar message addressed to Nicaragua’s political class.
Since a social uprising began in Nicaragua in May of last year, the government of President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, has called the local bishops coup organizers, and even locked priests and the faithful in their parish churches.
A Catholic bishop who has been outspoken in his criticism of President Daniel Ortega over Nicaragua’s political standoff left the country Tuesday after being called to the Vatican indefinitely by Pope Francis.
The auxiliary bishop of Nicaragua’s capital, a vocal critic of the government of President Daniel Ortega, urged Nicaraguans to “fight for freedom” Sunday, in a final message before being transferred to Rome at the request of Pope Francis.
A Nicaraguan bishop said he will leave the country indefinitely as concerns for his security increase — presumably the product of his criticisms of the Central American nation’s president.
President Daniel Ortega used Thursday’s 39th anniversary of the 1979 revolution against dictator Anastasio Somoza to celebrate strengthening his grip on power after three months of anti-government protests and to attack Nicaragua’s Catholic Church as allies of “coup mongers.”
Masked supporters of Nicaragua’s government attacked a group of Catholic priests led by Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes on Monday as they arrived to help anti-government protesters trapped inside a church.