The Honduran Cardinal, Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, In his homily on August 14, he denounced and lamented the persecution imposed against the Nicaraguan church by the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo. The religious leader described the situation as a “quiet war” against the most credible institution in the country.
“That silent war that they are waging to persecute Jesus in his Church in the sister nation of Nicaragua, that is not the fire that Jesus has come to bring. Jesus does not want the fire of war or weapons,” said the Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, who is one of the closest collaborators of Pope Francis.
The priest pointed out that “the fire that Jesus has come to bring is not the fire of those who destroy nature and fill the countries with fires. It is something else, it is to open ourselves to love, to testimony and to coherence».
Thus indicated the Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, after the situation against the Catholic Church has worsened with the closure of Catholic media outlets and with the retention in the Episcopal Curia of Bishop Rolando Álvarez, whom the Police accuse of trying to “organize violent groups » and has been locked up for approximately 12 days.
Yesterday, Sunday, Monsignor Silvio Báez also spoke about the situation faced by religious within the country and compared it to the unfounded accusations against Jeremías, who suffered defamation and attacks for telling the truth to the powerful of the time only for preventing them from not face a war with Babylon, but lay down their arms to avoid human losses.
“Jeremiah’s position was unacceptable to those in power. The king, the military and the high officials of the monarchy benefited from the war for several reasons. They could attribute the situation of misery in which the population lived to the invading army, which was actually a consequence of the corruption and injustice that they had imposed on the country,” said the auxiliary bishop of Managua.
“The war was convenient for them because they could distract the people from the great social and political problems, feeding vain nationalist illusions with which they could exercise greater control over the people,” he added.
Báez, who suffers a forced exile due to his preaching and for being in favor of Nicaraguans, pointed out that “dictators and despots always benefit from national disasters and try to take advantage of them to strengthen their power.”