- Jun 1, 2020
One of America’s leading watchdog groups on behalf of journalists has spoken out against a series of criminal lawsuits against a Peruvian journalist, saying these and other similar cases are proof that the Peruvian criminal justice system is being used to target and silence reporters.
Peruvian journalist Paola Ugaz, who’s been embroiled in a web of legal battles over the past 18 months linked to her reporting on a controversial Catholic lay movement, has been served yet another legal notice accusing her of criminal defamation against a man with ties to the organization.
As political tensions mount in several countries throughout Latin America and local crises risk spinning out of control, the bishops in the region are trying desperately to get ahead of the game and calm all parties before things boil over.
Just seven months after the close of one of the highest profile criminal cases involving the Catholic Church in Peru, the prosecution lawyer has published a book accusing the defendant and his legal representation of using media to spin the facts of the case and sway public and judicial opinion.
Governors from eight Amazonian states in Brazil and Peru meeting at the Vatican agreed that the Amazon is threatened and called for a “green economy” that would allow people to generate income without destroying the forest.
Once again the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon pondered the idea of married priests Tuesday, with one prelate saying the issue is being studied from different perspectives, including that of Church doctrine.