Cardinal lvaro Ramazzini, Bishop of Huehuetenango (Guatemala), reacted strongly to the dictator of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, who had attacked Pope Francis a few days earlier, saying that the Catholic Church is an “absolute dictatorship”.
“It is true, the Catholic Church is not a democracy, but it has a spirit of participation and fellowship that makes it possible for all of us, from the Pope to the common believers, to live in peace and harmony.” Purpurado said in a video published by Salem on October 1.
The cardinal said, “Mr. President Daniel Ortega, if you are a Catholic, I ask you, as a bishop, to respect the appropriate order directing the Catholic Church and this institution established by our Lord Jesus Christ. “
On 28 September, in the framework of the National Police’s celebration of 43 years, Ortega said of the Catholic Church that “if they are going to be democratic, they have to start by electing the pope, the cardinals, the bishops, by the vote of the public.” with”.
“That the population chooses them and not all taxes, it is a dictatorship, an absolute dictatorship. It is a tyranny, an absolute tyranny,” he continued.
After calling the Pope a “holy dictator”, the dictator of Nicaragua asked: “With what authority do you speak to me about democracy?”
Cardinal Ramazzini said that if the dictator Ortega does not respect the Church, “I highly doubt that you are in fact a Catholic man.”
“It’s not about saying ‘I’m Catholic and I do what I want. I’m a Catholic, a Catholic president, and so I jailed a bishop on a false charge. I’m a Catholic and I persecute the church I am a member of.’ It is a contradiction”, the cardinal continued.
The Cardinal thus referred to the Bishop of Matagalpa, Ms Rolando lvarez, who had been abducted by the dictator since Friday, 19 August, who is now under house arrest in Managua.
As part of the persecution by Ortega against the church, that day the police also kidnapped several priests who are now in the El Chipote torture prison.
Cardinal Ramazzini also insisted that “it is typical for dictators to base dictatorial attitudes and actions on being able to explain themselves.”
“I hope these statements can help clarify the idea, because there is nothing worse than telling a half-truth, because it makes half a lie appear as a total lie,” he concluded.