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A tale of two churches

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It looks as if Catholic bishops in Bolivia have a very different approach to their jobs than the bishops of Castrolandia. Instead of cheering for dictators and kissing their fondillos, they actually admonish them. And they also defend the rights of citizens who are abused by a repressive regime.

So, here it is, in a stinking nutshell: Morales, Chavez, Correa, Ortega, and all Castronoid dictators are not in the least bothered by their own hypocrisy. All of them praise Liberation theology -- which is nothing more than Marxism dressed up in a clerical collar --and all of them love clergy who back their repressive policies. But when bishops fulfill their duties and denounce repression, Castronoid dictators get upset and ask the Vatican to silence them, arguing that the Church should not meddle in politics.

Now, if only the Vatican would start appointing Bolivian clerics as bishops in Cuba....

From ABC Spain:

Evo Morales complains to the Vatican about pushy bishops

The president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, has asked his ambassador to the Vatican, Carlos de la Riva, to lodge a complaint at the Holy See in Rome about the "attacks" against him by some Bolivian bishops.

According to Morales, bishops should not meddle in politics. To back up his claim he referred to an encounter he had with Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. At this encounter, Morales suggested to the Holy Father that he should allow priests to marry, in order to eliminate the sexual abuse of children by celibate clergy. According to Morales, Pope Benedict replied: "The Church does not meddle in politics, and politics should not meddle with the Church."

Morales opposes several bishops who have denounced his government as repressive and authoritarian and as hell-bent on imposing its will and its way of thinking on the Bolivian people. Yesterday, he referred specifically to the Bishop of El Alto, Jesús Juárez. This past week Bishop Juárez charged that the Bolivian government was exerting undue pressure on the natives who live in the Isiboro Sécure ecological reserve and carrying out reprisals against them because of their opposition to the building of a highway through their lands.

The Bishop also publicly defended statements made by the Catholic Church and human rights organizations that detailed these abuses and at the same time condemned the government's increased participation in drug trafficking. In addition, Bolivian bishops have denounced the country's justice system as corrupt, calling for the release of all who have been imprisoned for political reasons.

Original HERE, in Spanish

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