- May 10, 2021
The Ecuadorian bishops’ conference dismissed reports concerning the resignation of the bishop and coadjutor of the Diocese of Riobamba as “falsehoods” and “ideological prejudices.”
Pope Francis responded Wednesday to reports of poor governance and moral failings in the Ecuadorian diocese of Riobamba by not only accepting the resignation of the retiring bishop but that of his heir apparent as well.
On Sunday, seven religious – two nuns and five priests – were kidnaped in Haiti and their captors are asking for a million dollars in ransom. In Venezuela, the bishops are urging the government to stop delaying the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, and in Ecuador, the bishops are asking the newly elected leadership to “govern wisely, legislate fairly and control with transparency.”
A trio of elections along South America’s Pacific Coast on April 11 could define how countries are governed, including church-state relationships, after several years of upheaval.
With at least 79 inmates killed in riots in three prisons in Ecuador on Feb. 23, the Catholic bishops are calling for a “humanization” of detention centers.
Cardinal Raul Vela Chiriboga, retired archbishop of Quito, Ecuador, died Nov. 15 at the age of 86.
It’s been an eventful time in Pope Francis’s native Latin America, with a new bishop apologizing for clerical sexual abuse in Chile, the bishops of Nicaragua announcing the return of public Masses after the coronavirus and the Church in Ecuador praising the country’s president for vetoing a bill that would have partially legalized abortion.
After the National assembly in Ecuador approved a new “Organic Health Code,” the local bishops conference questioned its contents on abortion, the use of contraceptives by young girls, conscientious objection and the right to a sexual identity.