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.