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Venezuelan Cardinal Says President Chavez Needs "an Exorcism"
Associated Press ^ | 07-31-05 1333EDT | Dan Molinski

Posted on 07/31/2005 10:50:00 AM PDT by BenLurkin

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - An outspoken Catholic cardinal took his war of words with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to a new level in an interview published Sunday, calling him "a paranoid dictator" who needs "an exorcism." Rosalio Castillo, Venezuela's only cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church, also accused Chavez of rounding up more than 100 political prisoners and torturing some captives.

"There is no democracy here (in Venezuela)," Castillo told Colombia's main newspaper, El Tiempo. "This is a despotic government."

Chavez, who insists he supports democracy, is up for re-election next year, and recent polls suggest he is strongly favored to win.

Earlier this month, Castillo warned that Chavez was gaining too much power and becoming a dictator. Chavez, in turn, called Castillo "a bandit" who "has the devil inside him."

In Sunday's interview, Castillo said his comments on Chavez are not personal, and said they fall in line with the opinions of other church leaders in Venezuela.

"The difference is in the way it's said. There are those who speak diplomatically, and others like me who speak clearly so that everyone understands," the 82-year-old cardinal said.

The Roman Catholic Church has been one of the most critical voices of Chavez, a former paratroop commander and self-styled "revolutionary."

The church is also one of the most trusted institutions in the poverty-stricken South American nation. More than 90 percent of Venezuela's population is Roman Catholic, and church leaders and local priests wield tremendous influence over many of its citizens.

Asked whether he would send a blessing to Chavez, Castillo said: "More than a blessing, I'd give him an exorcism."


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: athiest; cardinalcastillo; chavez; communism; exorcism; rosaliocastillo; venezuela

1 posted on 07/31/2005 10:50:00 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

The Cardinal has nailed it: Chavez is a tinpot Stalin.


2 posted on 07/31/2005 10:50:57 AM PDT by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: BenLurkin

Might I suggest that a .45 caliber 'exorcism' would be the most effective for Chavez.


3 posted on 07/31/2005 10:51:10 AM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: BenLurkin; All

If they exorcise this communist devil there won't be anything left but his skin.


4 posted on 07/31/2005 10:52:00 AM PDT by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it!)
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To: BenLurkin

It is interesting to watch a national leader turn paranoid right in front of everyone's eyes.


5 posted on 07/31/2005 10:52:19 AM PDT by RightWhale (Substance is essentially the relationship of accidents to itself)
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To: Westbrook

Then how about a "Spiritual Enema"


6 posted on 07/31/2005 10:55:25 AM PDT by diverteach
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To: BenLurkin

I was going to suggest a rather sustained reenactment of his baptismal rite.


7 posted on 07/31/2005 10:56:15 AM PDT by CasearianDaoist
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To: BenLurkin
There are those who speak diplomatically, and others like me who speak clearly so that everyone understands.

A rare person.

8 posted on 07/31/2005 10:56:21 AM PDT by pax_et_bonum
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To: BenLurkin

Dear Cardinal:

While your at it perform the rite for Castro and Hillary.


9 posted on 07/31/2005 10:58:10 AM PDT by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton
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To: BenLurkin

I would think twisting his head around a few times whiles he's spewing pea soup would work.


10 posted on 07/31/2005 11:00:55 AM PDT by seowulf
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To: BenLurkin
dig a hole for the Cardinal.
11 posted on 07/31/2005 11:03:57 AM PDT by mmercier (challenging the powers that be)
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To: CasearianDaoist

ala Teddy


12 posted on 07/31/2005 11:06:39 AM PDT by AliVeritas (Ignorance is a condition. Stupidity is a strategy.)
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To: BenLurkin
Asked whether he would send a blessing to Chavez, Castillo said: "More than a blessing, I'd give him an exorcism."

Hugo ain't gonna like to see that in print...

13 posted on 07/31/2005 11:10:04 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: BenLurkin

I heard essentially the same diagnosis about the man from a Venezuelan doctor about 6 months ago.


14 posted on 07/31/2005 11:11:10 AM PDT by Spirited
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To: BenLurkin

May Cardinal Castillo have the strength to endure the thugs and the attacks that come next. Chavez has already demonstrated that the Castro playbook is his to run. The Church, along with whatever remains of the CIA after decades of weakening is the main bulwark against such as Chavez.

May the Lord bless the Cardinal and the Church. And help stiffen their backbones; as those on the left seek to weaken them.


15 posted on 07/31/2005 11:14:53 AM PDT by MarkBsnr (When you believe in nothing, then everything is acceptable.)
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To: BenLurkin
Chavez is destined for hellfire; let's just start the process early...


16 posted on 07/31/2005 11:32:26 AM PDT by LRS
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To: LRS

Love it!


17 posted on 07/31/2005 12:19:32 PM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: BenLurkin; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; ...
I wish our American Bishops would be as bold and forthright with our Catholic pro-abortion politicians.
 
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18 posted on 08/02/2005 4:05:39 PM PDT by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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19 posted on 08/02/2005 4:06:42 PM PDT by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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To: BenLurkin

God bless and protect Cardinal Castillo.


20 posted on 08/03/2005 7:14:12 AM PDT by Antoninus (Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini, Hosanna in excelsis!)
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To: BenLurkin
The Cardinal is right.

However, as much as I dislike Chavez, I'm afraid that if the Venezuelan people reelect him, they are getting the government they deserve.

21 posted on 08/03/2005 7:25:48 AM PDT by B Knotts
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To: BenLurkin

BTTT!


22 posted on 08/03/2005 7:26:57 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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