Sunday, 18 July 2010

Chavez Vs the Catholic Church ... the fight continues.

"We need to re-examine these agreements, with all due respect to the Vatican and to the pope, who despite what they say is no ambassador on earth for Christ. Christ doesn't need an ambassador. Christ is in the people. Accords signed between Venezuela and the Vatican in the late 1950s and early 1960s give too many "privileges" to the Catholic church that other churches don't receive, (this) is a violation of Venezuela's Constitution." - Hugo Chavez

The war of words continue in Venesuela between Cardinal Jorge Urosa and Hugo Chavez. According to the Wall Street Journal :
Urosa has warned that Chavez's style of governing, which includes frequent nationalizations of private companies that the government says is in the public good, is putting the country on the path toward dictatorship.

Chavez, on the other hand, accuses Urosa of being aligned with opposition forces that tried to overthrow him in a brief 2002 coup. He said the archbishop should stick to his church duties and stay out of politics.

On Wednesday, Chavez said Urosa and other church leaders in Venezuela should stop manipulating the people, and added that the only thing Urosa has yet to do is directly tell people to vote against Chavez and his socialist party.

Key legislative elections take place Sept. 26, and Chavez's party hopes to retain a majority of seats in the National Assembly.

Why can't people just get along?

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