Skip to comments.The "Coupist" Cardinal (Honduras)
Posted on 07/30/2009 9:09:16 AM PDT by Pyro7480
The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Tegucgalpa, Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, has been steadfast in denouncing intervention by...Hugo Chavez into Honduras on behalf of now ousted leftist President...Zelaya.
For his exertions, the international left has labeled Rodriguez the cardinal golpista or coupist cardinal. The prelate also reports regular death threats against himself. Undeterred, Rodrigues insists he is not necessarily a supporter of every aspect of Zelayas ouster, especially his deportation. But he is adamant that the Honduran Congress, Supreme Court and military, backed by most Hondurans, accurately saw Zelaya as subverting the constitution, with support from Chavez.
You must know that we are struggling against a very powerful, very well-financed, campaign, which is being steered by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez -- to the extent that agents of the Venezuelan secret services are active in the country and are organizing the supposed popular protests against the removal of President Manuel Zelaya, Rodrigues told a German newspaper. Weapons have also been brought into the country. Thank God that up to now more blood has not been shed. But not a day goes by without my receiving a death threat.
For this kind of defense of Honduras, Cardinal Rodriguez has been accused of following his gods of economic power and the armed forces. One leftist El Salvador journal berated him for having set himself against the people and against the poor, and for blessing those who shoot and kill the people. It further intoned: The preferential option for the poor is certainly not new, nor it is exclusive to the theology of liberation, it is simply the nature of Christianity.
Preferential option was the buzz phrase for church revolutionaries back in the 1970s and 1980s who discerned Gods will in the Sandinista insurgency and other Marxist rebel groups throughout Latin America....
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I remember Pope John Paul II REALLY chewing out those bearded Che Guevara wannabees (including some stinking, vile priests steeped in liberation theology as well) right there on the tarmac at Managua International Airport when he walked straight into the belly of the beast of red Nicaraguan Sandinism. I remember him really chewing that one priest out (Cardinale?) and wagging a finger at him over this socialism and persecution of the Church they were all indulging in. Back then in Managua, you had these two sets of churches there. Legitimate Catholic churches and Cathedrals, and then you had illegimate marxist parishes with hammers and sickles in lieu of Jesus.
Cdl Maradiaga was one of the contenders for Pope when JPII died. He had a pretty good shot at it, too.
He’s been very good in all of this miserable Honduran affair.
Obama & chavez: who will rid me of this troublesome priest?
During the papal election back in 2005, I heard dyed-in-the-wool liberal Catholics I knew just drooling over this guy; they so wanted him to be Pope. I had the gut feeling that he wasn’t quite the lefty model, but still for him to come out so strong against the Bolivarians should tell you how bad the situation has become, down there.
I lift my voice in prayer that this cardinal is protected by our dear Lord’s mighty Hand.