Nicaraguan dictatorship imprisons Catholic bishop, Pope Francis silent, but Cuban bishops denounce arrest

Arrest of Nicaraguan Bishop Rolando Álvarez

From our Bureau of Inconceivable Silence with some assistance from our Antics of Papa Che Bureau

You know that something is really wrong when Bianca Jagger — ex-wife of Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and a former supporter of Nicaragua’s leftist Sandinista rebels — denounces her native country’s “persecution of the Catholic Church” while, in contrast, the Vicar of Christ in Rome remains silent.

According to Nicaraguan Bianca Jagger, who has been a vocal defender of human rights in the Central American country, Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, have “declared a war on the church.”

Bianca Jagger, for God’s sake. Bianca Jagger. She’s actually pleaded with Papa Che to condemn the Nicaraguan dictatorship. And Papa Che says nothing, nada, nichts, rien, nihil, zero. You can be sure if the government involved were not leftist, he’d be denouncing the brutality of these arrests and the “capitalism” that made them happen.

Lord have mercy. Agnus Dei qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis. Jesus H. Whip-wielding Christ, where is your Vicar’s zeal for God’s house? (John 2:17).

Papa Che and Bianca
Jesus H. Whip-Wielding Christ

Abridged and loosely translated from Periodico Cubano

The bishop of Nicaragua, Rolando Álvarez, was arrested by the police of the Daniel Ortega regime, during the hours of this Friday. The repressive forces entered the Episcopal Palace of the Diocese of Matagalpa (north) and arrested the prelate, as well as seven of his collaborators, who had been held and held since August 4 last.

Monsignor’s arrest has been denounced by the Secretary of the United Nations, the Archbishop of Panama and other civil and religious leaders.

“Urgent! At this time, the National Police has entered the Episcopal Curia of our Diocese of Matagalpa”, denounced the ecclesiastical headquarters on its social networks.

The pastor of the Catholic Church, is also apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Estelí, and has been accused by the regime of trying to “organize violent groups”, supposedly “with the purpose of destabilizing the State of Nicaragua and attacking the constitutional authorities” , although at the moment they have not been able to present evidence.

And it is that, the prelate has been one of the voices that has raised the most against the excesses of the Ortega regime and the violation of fundamental freedoms in the Central American country.

Along with Álvarez, the priests José Luis Díaz and Sadiel Eugarrios, first and second vicar of the Matagalpa de San Pedro cathedral, respectively, were also arrested.

For his part, Father Edwing Román, another critic of Ortega, exiled in the United States, wrote: “My God! How outrageous! They have taken Monsignor Rolando Álvarez, along with the priests who were with him.”

On the inconceivable silence of the Vatican, he referred, “Enough of so much silence! Let those who have to speak and show their faces speak up, that is called a ‘sin of omission,'” he said in reference to Pope Francis, who has been criticized by different sectors for keeping silent on the issue in Nicaragua, a country with a Catholic majority. .

The Cuban Catholic Church, represented by Msgr. Emilio Aranguren Echeverría, Bishop of the Diocese of Holguín and president of the Island’s Conference of Bishops, sent a letter in solidarity with Carlos Enrique Herrera Gutiérrez, leader of the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua.

The letter expresses gratitude for “the testimony of fidelity to Christ and to the humble that they are offering,” Aranguren wrote, “and the communion they have maintained in the midst of trials.”

Whole story HERE in Spanish

2 thoughts on “Nicaraguan dictatorship imprisons Catholic bishop, Pope Francis silent, but Cuban bishops denounce arrest”

  1. It’s possible, of course, that Bianca is not as shallow as she was in her Studio 54 days, when she was one of the beautiful people, but I kind of doubt that she’s matured all that dramatically. The thing is, it doesn’t take a saint or a genius to figure out what’s going on in Nicaragua, because it’s pretty damn flagrant. But maybe we’re just, you know, ideologized people who don’t really understand these things properly, just as we apparently didn’t understand Evo’s Marxist crucifix. I mean, who are we to judge, right? Or something.

  2. I expect Bergoglio will have to say something, at least for the sake of appearances, but it will probably be bland, vague and lukewarm. Besides, to be fair, all countries in the region, apart from Venezuela and Cuba, should be vigorously condemning the Ortega regime and acting accordingly, but I don’t see that happening. Basically, this is a classic Latrine freak show, and the reaction to it is par for the course.

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