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Monday, May 22, 2017

Venezuelan bishop: We are not the opposition, we are with the people


For a long time now, the bishops of Venezuela have been a strong voice against the government’s authoritarian attitudes, calling for dialogue, elections, and even civil disobedience. Yet at least one of them insists the bishops are not in opposition to the government, but “in favor of the people.” “If being with the people is called ‘opposition’, then we will be called members of the opposition,” said Bishop Jose Luis Azuaje Ayala of Barinas, a city on the border with Colombia. He also serves as the head of Caritas Latin America. “The Church is always on the side of the rights of the people. If we see our children dying and malnourished,” then the bishops must speak, he told Crux. Seeing the situation, he insisted, the bishops “can’t remain quiet,” even if what they have to say puts them at odds with the government. More…

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