Buenos Aires ( Associated Press) — The Venezuelan priest in charge of the Buenos Aires parish, who disappeared in early June amid rumors about an alleged debt, reappeared this Wednesday in a video in which he was charged with discrimination. Condemned the bishop and part of the Catholic community.
Priest Ludovis Enrique Navarro León, who was in charge of the Nuestra Seora del Rosario parish in the city of Maipu, some 270 kilometers south of the Argentine capital, explained in a video recorded apparently in Venezuela that he was allegedly victimised. He gave up his position on discrimination and xenophobia. He pointed against the Bishop of Chascom, Monsignor Carlos Humberto Malfa, on whom the parish depends, and against a group of faithful whom he described as a “sect with purchasing power”.
“I am fine with my family. I apologize to all the people of Maipo for not saying goodbye, I am very sorry for not being able to continue with my pastoral work,” the priest said in his 15-minute release. Said at the beginning of. “This whole problem starts when I want to disband this group of economic power that wanted to go over a priest and do what they wanted. And the threats began, defamation, threats against me and my family.
Navarro Leone went missing a week ago from the city along with two nephews. After several days of confusion, Bishop Malpha issued a statement on Sunday in which he attributed the religious departure to an economic dispute with “a respected figure in the community” over the purchase of a vehicle.
Malfa insisted that he had tried to mediate the matter, but “unfortunately the priest did not comply with the agreement.” According to the version of the Venezuelan priest, the allegation is baseless. “The money I used for the purchase of the vehicle was a personal gift. There was no paper or contract signed, it was a gift. They mutilated me, it was a gift, not a loan. They defame me by saying that I am a criminal.”
They then targeted “a small group of the Maipu Church which insists on not allowing the entry of those who use piercing (the practice of piercing the body to put rings or other objects), those who receive tattoos. who do not meet the conditions or are not eligible to live in the parish, nor for the LGBT community.
These people, whom he didn’t want to recognize, “I’m a ‘hungry Venezuelan,’ ‘Damn Venezuela,’ ‘Go back to your country,’ ‘You Venezuelans are jumping from border to border,'” he explained. Mentioned it to Bishop, there was no response or support.”
The Bishopric of Chascomos declined to comment on the version of the priest Navarro Leone.
So far, the local justice has not intervened in the matter, as there were no complaints.