- Apr 10, 2020
As the coronavirus spreads through South America, Catholic Church leaders are calling urgently for governments to protect indigenous people.
The coronavirus pandemic swept much of the world before reaching Latin America, giving leaders time to learn from the high death rates in countries like Spain and Italy.
Late March 15, Peru’s president declared a state of emergency, ordered ordinary people to stay home, and announced that no one would be allowed to enter or leave the country.
In a recent interview Peruvian Cardinal Pedro Barreto has said he believes the Soldalitium Christianae Vitae (SCV), a controversial lay group founded in Peru, ought to be dissolved, and suggested the Vatican feels the same way.
Catholic priests, deacons and bishops across the Amazon voiced surprise, resignation and reluctant acceptance of Pope Francis’s refusal to allow married men to be ordained priests, lamenting that their faithful will continue to be deprived of Mass and subject to competing evangelical churches that have made impressive inroads in the region.
As Peruvian journalist Paola Ugaz faces ongoing legal threats over her reporting on a controversial Catholic lay group, both survivors and hierarchy have come to her defense, arguing that the onslaught of legal action against her amounts to “harassment” in a bid to stop her investigations.