- May 13, 2021
Despite a reputation for being sympathetic to liberation theology, a close friend of the new Jesuit leader, Father Arturo Sosa, says he believes “that in countries where everything depends on the government, true democracy is impossible” — including his own Venezuela under Socialist President Nicolas Maduro.
Promoting reconciliation among people and nations, and also with God and creation, is the indispensable requirement for peace in the world, according to the newly elected leader of the Jesuit religious order, Father Arturo Sosa Abascal of Venezuela.
In different ways all of the 13 new cardinal-electors to be elevated Nov. 19 are Pope Francis-style pastors, but Archbishop Baltazar Enrique Porras Cardozo of Venezuela also comes with a bit of political subtext, since he’s seen as a leading critic of Socialist President Nicolas Maduro.
From Mexico to Peru and from Argentina to Venezuela, the past week has been chock full of Catholic drama in Latin America, including debates over gay marriage, a cloistered convent under investigation, and a cardinal taking on a president over shortages of food and medicine.
The Maduro government ‘lacks the authority to call for dialogue and peace’ according to the president of the Venezuelan bishops’ conference, as a devastating economic collapse causes people to turn to parishes for help with basic foods.
Against the backdrop of a violent land conflict, a national economic implosion and a bitter fight over public education — all of which have pitted various groups against one another in several nations — Catholic bishops in Latin America are striving to be game-changers by urging dialogue.
Catholic bishops in Venezuela are demanding that the government of President Nicolas Maduro accept international help in responding to an economic free-fall that’s seen people waiting in line for 16 hours to buy bread and pharmacies with nothing but wet wipes in stock.
ROME— Considering that the Catholic Church is present in almost every country in the world, amounting to one sixth of the planet’s total population, it’s basically impossible to keep track of what’s going on everywhere at any given moment. An unusually major wave of Catholic news, however, has been cresting