Honduran Catholic hierarchy opposes Zelaya and Chavez

July 16, 2009

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, 12 April 2005/Alessandro Bianchi Honduras’ powerful Roman Catholic Church has backed the ouster of President Manuel Zelaya, surrendering a chance to be an impartial mediator in order to counter the influence of Venezuela’s leftist president, Hugo Chavez.

Leaders of the Catholic Church, the most respected institution in the country, have backed the ouster and thrown their weight behind the interim government installed by the Honduran Congress.

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, often mentioned as a possible future pope, has justified Zelaya’s ouster while opposing his expulsion from the country. “He doesn’t have any authority, moral or legal,” Rodriguez told the Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

“The legal authority he lost because he broke laws and the moral authority he lost with a discourse full of lies. The most patriotic thing he could do is stay away. Anything else is just trying to impose Hugo Chavez’s project at all costs.”

Read the full article here.

(Photo: Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, 12 April 2005/Alessandro Bianchi)

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dv the church will do in latin america what it did in poland through john paul and lech walesa; ie bring some halt to the agenda of men like chavez and catalyse formation of democratic republics

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Accurate – it’s good at least the church is standing up for the people, even if the U.S. and U.N. created a farce. Zelaya was trying to establish himself as president-for-life, Chavez-style, with Chavez as his mentor.

Here are excerpts from an important article “The Chavez-Obama U.N. Plot Against Honduras” by Cliff Kincaid :

“…former Marxist SDS radical Tom Hayden, leader of Progressives for Obama, has written about the Obama-Chavez relationship. Based on his own inside sources of information, Hayden said that he thinks Obama and Chavez are working together on Honduras and have an “understanding,” which he even describes as “collaboration.” The call Chavez made to Shannon suggests that Chavez is calling the shots. ”

” …this would benefit Iran, a terrorist state developing nuclear weapons which is developing a vast network throughout Latin America. A recent report from the organization examines the deep Iranian connections to Venezuela as well as Bolivia…

“…If the Obama Administration is, in effect, acting as an agent of Venezuela and Iran in Honduras, such a foreign policy could be described not only as anti American but potentially treasonous, considering that the outcome could be the loss of another country in Latin America to the Chavez brand of communism.

It is time for some investigative reporting into the nature of the Chavez Obama axis. ”

Cliff Kincaid is the Editor of Accuracy in Media

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