- Sep 18, 2020
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who is facing increased pressure over some of his policies, on Thursday hosted a luncheon for Catholic leaders, asking for their cooperation in tackling the COVID-19 coronavirus.
On August 11, the Catholic bishops of Venezuela released a statement that cause apprehension among many opponents of the government of Nicolas Maduro, as it seemed to imply that citizens should vote in parliamentary elections in December, despite a call from the opposition to boycott the poll.
Last week three bishops from Bolivia, Brazil and Bangladesh were among the latest casualties of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Venezuela’s bishops have said that public services are “often non-existent;” political action is “divorced from the common good;” insecurity and helplessness continue to grow; family life is broken by the fact that most cannot meet basic needs; an inflationary and dollarized economy hurts “almost the entire population;” and that education is paralyzed.
Both baseball and Catholicism are victims of their own success, in that dysfunctional management often is facilitated by a wildly passionate fan base that just won’t walk away, no matter how staggeringly obtuse those in charge sometimes can be.
If you’re Catholic, then seeking the opinion of your local bishop, and being willing to make reasonable compromises in order to accommodate it, is just part of the deal.