Priests, deacons and seminarians of the Diocese of Matagalpa have been prohibited from accessing a “breviary”, a book of Catholic religious liturgy that contains the abbreviated set of public religious obligations of the clergy throughout the year.
Lawyer Yader Morazán, a former official of the Judiciary, revealed on his Twitter account that the defense lawyers for the religious have “begged” the judge to allow the entry of the book for the detained religious.
“It is the last straw that the lawyers of the priests and lay people of the Diocese of Matagalpa have to beg the judge in writing to allow them to enter a breviary, which is a liturgical book, contains prayers, hymns, psalms, readings and notes for daily use,” Morazán denounced on the social network.
The “breviary” collects the prayers, biblical readings and psalms that must be prayed or recited at different times of the day and according to the period of the year. The purpose is to accompany the rite of mass, in which all Catholics must participate, with the public religious manifestation in the form of prayer.
The priests who are denied the liturgical book are Ramiro Tijerino, rector of the Juan Pablo II University and in charge of the San Juan Bautista parish; José Luis Díaz and Sadiel Eugarrios, first and second vicar of the Matagalpa de San Pedro Cathedral, respectively, and deacon Raúl Vega González. Also to the seminarians Darvin Leiva Mendoza and Melkin Centeno.
Sentenced to 10 years in prison
This Monday, February 6, the Ortega judge of the Second Criminal District Court of Managua, Nadia Camila Tardencilla, He was sentenced to five years in prison for the crime of conspiracy to undermine national integrity and five more for spreading false news, plus an 800-day fine.
These religious accompanied Monsignor Rolando Álvarez, bishop of the Diocese of Matagalpa, who will also face a trial for crimes of “treason” on February 15.
The dictatorship of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo Ortega keeps 14 religious men behind bars, accusing them of common crimes or for allegedly violating Law 1042, the Special Cybercrime Law and Law 1050, the Sovereignty Law, thus increasing the list to more than 240 hostages of conscience.