PopeWatch: Maduro’s Buddy



Father Raymond de Souza calls out Pope Francis in regard to Venezuela:


On the return flight from Cairo, the Holy Father was asked about Venezuela and appeared to depart from his neutrality – against the opposition:

Part of the opposition does not want this [dialogue]. Interesting, the opposition itself is divided and, on the other hand, it seems that the conflicts are increasingly escalating.  But there is something happening.  There is something moving forward, and I’ve been informed of this, but it’s still very much in the air as yet. Everything that can be done for Venezuela must be done.  And with the necessary guarantees.  Otherwise we are just playing childish games that lead nowhere.

What that answer meant was unclear, except that the pope appeared to be blaming the opposition. It did not take long for that response to be heard in Venezuela and the dismay to be heard in Rome.

The next day the Regina Coeli address lurched toward restoring some kind of balance, with Pope Francis appealing “to the government and all the members of Venezuelan society to avoid any further forms of violence, to respect human rights and to negotiate solutions to the serious humanitarian, social, political and economic crisis that is exhausting the population.”

The Maduro regime, having lost the delaying tactic of mediation, proposed instead a constitutional convention to draft a new constitution for Venezuela.

This would have the benefit of dissolving the National Assembly, which has been controlled by the opposition since 2013.

Earlier this year, Maduro had his allies on the supreme court strip the National Assembly of its powers, until an international protest forced a reversal.

The opposition has rejected the constitutional reform tactic, as have the Catholic bishops. On Saturday, Maduro denounced the bishops for taking a harder line against him than Pope Francis. He publicly called for the Venezuelan bishops to agree to his proposals in obedience to Pope Francis.

Vatican diplomacy has now stumbled into a place where Maduro considers Pope Francis an ally against the bishops of Venezuela.

It is a repeat of Vatican fumbling in Ukraine, where local Catholics felt that Pope Francis was siding with the Russian invaders. The Russia-Ukraine situation was fast-moving and great power politics – not to mention the delicate ecumenical situation with the Russian Orthodox – were at play.

Nothing of the sort is at play in Venezuela. It is the pope’s backyard. If the Holy See is positioned on the side of tyranny in opposition to her own bishops, it would be an inexplicable catastrophe. So much of the Holy Father’s defense of the suffering and exploited would ring hollow.

Go here to read the rest.  Pope Francis as a young man became persona non grata in the Jesuits because he was considered to be a conservative by the uber leftists who infest the Jesuits.  He came out of that experience a born again Latin American Leftist:  hater of  free markets and a lover of all South American leftist regimes, no matter how odious.  He would sooner eat ground glass than appear to be an opponent of Maduro and his gang of cutthroats.  If that means that the Church in Venezuela is persecuted, that the Venezuelan economy is destroyed and that Venezuelans are murdered protesting against their gangster government, that is too bad.  The Pope will not lift a finger to help and will jeer against the Venezuelans with the courage to stand up against despotism.  In regard to Venezuela we see Pope Francis at his worst, and that is very bad indeed.  Despicable is too mild a term to describe the attitude of Pope Francis in regard to Venezuela.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.


  1. “I’m not conservative nor liberial. I’m apostolic.” -PF

    As always…. actions do speak louder than words.

    My prayers for him haven’t ceased and I hope your prayers haven’t either. Not easy but highly necessary since we can’t underestimate the power of prayer nor God working miracles. Conversion.

  2. The Church has to navigate in a certain political and economic matrix. I don’t think its necessary (and it’s usually quite inadvisable) to say much about these dimensions of life. There is much else to discuss. Here we are again and he not only opens his trap, he makes a clown out of himself in the process. How many reporters did venerable Pius Xii ever speak to?

  3. Did Papa Foxtrot ever meet an atheistic totalitarian he didn’t like?

    “I’m not conservative nor liberal. I’m apostolic.” -PF. Outrageous! He endorses every left-wing cause/policy point and disregards 2,000 years of Church teaching when they can’t be subverted to push socialism and state control over the means of production.

  4. Great popes aid in changing the matrix, as John Paul II did in Poland.

    I see your point. There is a distinction between a place that is constitutionally atheist (say, Soviet Russia) and a place where there’s ample evidence of Chesterton’s dictum that there’s a whole lot of ruin in a nation (say, the Dominican Republic, or contemporary America). What you have in Venezuela is a place with a damaged political economy that a military pseudo-intellectual and a labor meathead have (with the aid of their minions) turned into a catastrophe. Francis I don’t think has the background or tools to make sense of any of it.

  5. “Francis I don’t think has the background or tools to make sense of any of it.” Pope Francis has advisers who are grounded in Catholic doctrine. There is no excuse for his embrace of Maduro’s communist principles.

  6. He’s just following the old dictum: “No enemies to the Left.”

    It is his political lodestar.

  7. T. Shaw

    I agree. He goes out of his way to support leftists agenda’s….green speak, guest speakers who support population control..but woe to the rigid conservatives​..money loving weapons manufacturers.

    Because his words don’t always… support his actions, I’ve made my prayers for him to be conversion prayers. I may miss the indulgences but I’m okay with that. His need is far greater than mine at the moment.

    St. Pope JPII…pray for us.

  8. Pope Francis has a one track (auto-Leftist) mind and listens to no one but himself. The “tools at his disposal” are not used or even wanted.

  9. Philip: My son told me that the hole in the ozone layer that scared the pants off the world and made hair spray illegal, freon refrigerant unacceptable and that went on for decades, was later found out to be a much ado about nothing. It was later learned that the hole moved around the world and is a natural occurrence. How people were bullied by the terror of the hole in the ozone layer. Now we have climate change. Francis is old enough to have been included in the hole in the ozone layer sky is falling fright. Francis’ job is to pray, especially if the sky is falling. If there is climate change that is unnatural, Pope Francis has not been praying hard enough.

  10. Mary De Voe.

    I have to agree with your statement about praying hard enough and our Pope.

    Listening is the majority of our prayers.
    I feel as though the listener isn’t listening or has cultivated a relationship in his listening that is counter to the Holy Spirit.
    This is based upon his actions and words.

    I do not believe the Holy Spirit is in conflict with The Father Almighty and Jesus Christ.
    His ambiguity tells me that the listener is tuned into a foreign host. Not good.

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