Monday, May 21, 2007

Hugo Chavez demand B16 apology...

Apologize for want?

Caracas, May 21, 2007 / 10:29 am (CNA).- The president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, is demanding that Pope Benedict XVI apologize to the indigenous peoples of Latin America for having “denied” the “aboriginal holocaust” during his discourse inaugurating the 5th General Conference of the Latin American Bishops’ Conference.

“Something much more serious occurred here than during the holocaust of World War II, and nobody can deny that this is true, and neither can his Holiness come here, to our own land, and deny the aboriginal holocaust,” Chavez said over the weekend on Venezuelan radio and television.

“So, as a head of State, but clad in the humility of a Venezuelan farmworker, I implore his Holiness to apologize to the peoples of our America,” Chavez demanded.

Chavez said he paid close attention to everything the Pope said in Brazil, and that after hearing him say that the gospel was not imposed upon the natives, he called Venezuela’s Minister for the Indigenous Peoples, Nizia Maldonado, who said she did not share the Pope’s opinion and that it was “difficult to support, for God’s sake!”

“Is that why the Catholic Church is losing more believers every day?” Chavez said. “I think it’s because of this.”

What I think Chavez is really upset about is the real message of B16 pertaining to Catholics in his country. "Give Christ to the Poor". It makes sense that Chavez would divert attention of the poor in his country by trying say B16 insulted them. Hugo is more than willing to give away oil to sway Americans to side with him than to feed his own countrymen.

His attempt to pick a fight with B16 in order to try to convince those in his country and the world that somehow the Pope (The Catholic Church) is somehow responsible for a "aboriginal holocaust". This after he hosted the President of Iran who deny's the Jewish Holocaust.

Sorry, Hugo you lost me there...

It's just Hugo trying to alter the focus of the 5th General Conference of the Latin American Bishops' Conference.

The Archbishop of Brazil has the courage to stand up for the faith "The Spirit gives Christians courage to proclaim authentic gospel values...Archbishop Geraldo Lyrio Rocha"

My only concern is for the Catholic Church in Venezuela. He will definitely try to put more pressure on the Church there.

Let's keep them in our prayers.

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