Crecen los reclamos en Nicaragua por el “scandaloso silencio” del Pope Francisco before the implacable persecution of Daniel Ortega against the Catholic Church

But for more than four years, Pope Francisco has avoided speaking about a crisis that has left more than 350 assassinated and more than a thousand political prisoners in Nicaragua.  (Photo Reuters)
But for more than four years, Pope Francisco has avoided speaking about a crisis that has left more than 350 assassinated and more than a thousand political prisoners in Nicaragua. (Photo Reuters)

En la medida que the regime of Daniel Ortega there was repression against the Catholic Church of Nicaraguase hace más evident el silencio del papa Francisco y se multiplican las voces que le reclaman que tome una posición en la crisis sociopolítica que desde hace cuatro años aflige al país centroamericano.

This Monday, the Ortega regime ordered the closing of seven Catholic stations in the diocese of the northern department of Matagalpa, and police forces stormed the Niño Jesús chapel in Prague, in the city of Sébaco, with the intention of seizing the team of la radio católica que ahí funcionaba.

Al llamado del sacerdote Uriel Vallejos, párroco de Sébaco, dozens of parishioners rushed to protect the church and were violently repressed by the Police, que durante toda esa noche ejecutó una cacería contra jóvenes católicos. Unas 20 people habría sido capturadas, informas medios nacionales. Father Vallejos took refuge in the cural house from the afternoon of this Monday and until the end of this note, he was surrounded by anti-disturbing agents from the Dirección de Operaciones Especiales Policiales (DOEP).

Police agents violently entered the Niño Jesús de Praga chapel in the city of Sébaco.  (Photo from social networks)
Police agents violently entered the Niño Jesús de Praga chapel in the city of Sébaco. (Photo from social networks)

This series is the last of the long list of aggressions that the regime of Daniel Ortega maintains against the Catholic Church of Nicaragua. Nicaraguan researcher Marta Molina has documented more than 250 attacks on the Catholic Church in the last four years.

Son muchas las voces que reclaman el silencio del papa Francisco.

“El papa Francisco ha permanecido inexplicablemente callado ultimamente sobre the brutal repression of the Nicaraguan regime against the Catholic priests and the death of at least 322 people in the anti-government protests of the last four months. His behavior se puede describir, en una palabra: ¡vergonzoso!”, reclamaba temprano, en septiembre del 2018, el periodista argentino Andrés Oppenheimer.

Before this time, Ortega began his offensive against the Catholic Church, a few months later he trusted the organization and guaranteed a dialogue between the opposition and the regime. Nicaragua estaba paralizada entonces por protestas que pedían la renuncia del dictator.

Después del fracaso de dos rondas de diálogos, tanto Ortega como su esposa, Rosario Murillo, made the religious responsible for what they qualified as “state coup attempt”principally por el apoyo y refugio que los templos brindron a los jóvenes que eran perseguidos durante la operación militar que se ejecutó para dismontar las protestas.

Agresiones físicas a sacerdotes, profanaciones a templos e imágenes religiosas, sesedio, amenazas de muerte, persecución e insultos, ataques armedos y quemas, son parte del repertrio expuesto por la investigatora Molina. Various priests, including the auxiliary bishop of Managua, monseñor Silvio Báez, marcharon al exilio para proteger su vida y libertad.

In July 2020, the image of the Blood of Christ in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Managua suffered an attack that burned its sanctuary.  (Photo courtesy of La Prensa)
In July 2020, the image of the Blood of Christ in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Managua suffered an attack that burned its sanctuary. (Photo courtesy of La Prensa)

The Ortega regime expelled from the country in March of this year the representative of the pope in Nicaragua, Monseñor Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag, and kept two priests in prison under charges of common crimes.

I do not explain how Pope Francisco can guard silence before attacks on the most beloved priests of the Nicaraguans, how is it possible that no person from the highest power, a diary, uses the name of God in vain and preaches love while siembra odio”, he said on Twitter la escritora nicaragüense Gioconda Belli in May of this year, in reference to the everyday attacks of Rosario Murillo.

El también escritor Sergio Ramírez Mercado, se pronunció en similare terminos en noviembre pasado en una interview con el periodista Gumersindo Lafuente, de eldiario.es. “Pope Francis has guarded a silence that he heard in all the world about the situation in Nicaragua“, said Ramírez. “It would be advisable that todos los fieles catholicos de Nicaragua, que son la mitad de la población, escucharan que es lo que el Pope tiene que decir sobre esta barbarie that está ocurriendo desde 2018 y que sigue ocurriendo ahora con la detención de tanta gente, con el crecimiento imparable de los politicos pressos”.

The Nicaraguan journalist specialized in topics of the Catholic Church, Israel Gonzáleztiene una opinion más benévola sobre la gestioni del papa Francisco, de quien dice “está tomando una actitude extremely prudente sobre la situación cada vez más complicated de Nicaragua para la Iglesia y los creyentes”.

He says that the expulsion of the nuncio Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag indicates that “there was no good relationship between Managua and the Apostolic Palace of the Holy See”.

“La Iglesia también hay que saber interpretarla por medio de los signos. In this sense, this year, the Holy See did not send any representative to the farce of the taking of possession of Ortega and his wife. And Francisco respaldó en la Plaza de San Pedro la versión de la Iglesia al insurar que lo ocurrido con la imagen de la Sangre de Cristo en Catedral Metropolitana de Managua había sido un atentado, y no ‘un incendió’, como mantiente el régimen”. aggregates.

“In view of the brutal intensification of the regime, there would be a possibility that a more direct position from the Pope would generate much greater repression and violence against the local Church, its bishops, priests, religious leaders and temples,” points out the journalist, who lives in exile in Spain .

Before the political analyst, Eliseo Nunez, Pope Francisestá imbuido en ese anacronismo de la izquierda latinoamericana que miraban las cosas en blanco y negro, a favor o en contra de los gringos. It’s good for Daniel Ortega as the guerrilla of 79 and still believing that he is part of a movement of social change and not the dictator that he really is.”

The Nigerian priest Fortunatus Nwachukwu was the apostolic nuncio in Nicaragua and now is now the permanent observer of the Holy See in the United Nations Office.
The Nigerian priest Fortunatus Nwachukwu was the apostolic nuncio in Nicaragua and now is now the permanent observer of the Holy See in the United Nations Office.

Núñez attributes also the attitude of the pope to the alleged advisor of the former nuncio of the Vatican in Nicaragua, the Nigerian priest Fortunatus Nwachukwunow permanent observer of the Holy See in the United Nations Office and specialized agencies in Geneva and in the World Organization of Commerce and representative of the Holy See.

“Nwachukwu es el peor nuncio que hemos tenido. Pasó a ser parte de los protegidos de Rosario Murillo y era alguien que recibía muchos favores de parte del régimen. Entonces ahora que es el nuncio para Naciones Unidas del Vaticano, es alguien que recendala o asesora al papa Francisco”, says Núñez.

This situation of the church leaves us in a difficult situation for the opposition because Francisco left with the photograph of the fall of Somoza and the dictatorships of the 50s and 80s in Latin Americaa” he added. “Está siendo injusto. Absolutely unjust because this is a topic of violation of human rights, of torture, of religious persecution, and they have nothing to do with left and right“.

Since 2018, the regime of Daniel Ortega maintains a constant harassment of the Catholic Church.
Since 2018, the regime of Daniel Ortega maintains a constant harassment of the Catholic Church.

Un experto en temas ecclesiásticos, que pide anonymato por protección, attribuye la represión del régimen a la iglesia católica a “una lógica del control absoluto que la pareja que nos desgobierna pretende”.

“La iglesia católica compite con la red de control del régimen porque tiene parroquias en todos los municipios. Cada templo es un lugar de reunión. Los domingos la gente escucha un pensamiento crítico sobre lo que está ocurriendo: el sufrimiento de quienes muereron, de los presos, la separación de las familias por la massifación, el desempleo, el alza de los precios de la comida… Escucha sobre la realidad Y hoy, hablar de la realidad es un acto politico en sí mismo”.

“¿Por qué no se persigue a los pastores que dirigen cultos evangelicos? Porque, con algunas excepciones, en esos espacios los mensajes han sido siempre y son siempre menos aterrizados, son apoliticos, son más alejados de la realidad, son más celestiales”, added.

The analyst Eliseo Núñez says that Ortega is doing the same thing that Sandinismo did in the 80s. estamos obligados a acceptar el gobierno que tengamos que tengamos de cuál sea, basado en una interpretación biblica muy rigida que no les permite a ellos tener ese ánimo de enfrentrase a un régimen authoritarianio”.

Before the expert on ecclesiastical topics, the Pope “puede estar haciendo alguna gestioni catelosa” pero considera que, dado todo lo que está pasando en Nicaragua “después de más de cuatro años, the silence of the Pope is a scandalous result”.

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