Responses to the Coup d'etat in Honduras on Sunday June 28, with special emphasis on producing English-language versions of commentaries by Honduran scholars and editorial writers and addressing the confusion encouraged by lack of basic knowledge about Honduras.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Golpista Cardinal

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga gave an interview to the Catholic News Service published today. In it he said this might be the last opportunity to make fundamental changes and avoid a course toward Venezuelan-style politics.

"I think this can be a good opportunity for politicians to reflect," the cardinal said. "I have been telling them, maybe this will be your last opportunity. Because there are fundamental changes necessary in our country."

"Nobody is listening to the reality. People are not looking for the truth, but for their versions of it."

"The reality in Honduras is, there is a constitution here. Everything was done according to our laws, our constitution. But the rest of the world wants to think of things as they want it done. And this is the problem."

Of Venezuela, he said, "But after some very corrupt governments, the political parties disappeared -- like an implosion, and so, the messiah (Chavez) came out. I think this will happen (in Honduras) if it hasn't started already. So maybe this will be our last opportunity to think like a nation, to start with a national plan."


phoenixwoman said...

"Everything was done according to our laws, our constitution."

I think there's a Commandment against this. No one that I know of is defending the expulsion of Zelaya, not even Micheletti.

"The cardinal said he first visited Venezuela in 1979, when it had a strong democracy amid a hemisphere of military dictatorships."

Let's see. That would have been Luis Herrera Campins, about whom Wikipedia says, "By the time Herrera's term ended, the economy was in meltdown, poverty and hardship were widespread and the voters turned on the ruling Christian Democrat..."

Nope. Chavez certainly has not lived up to that legacy.


sassykathy464 said...

The good Cardinal(sic) must not believe all that crap about serving the poor. It's fairly obvious that the Cardinal does, however, believe that good peasants should be without civil rights, dignity, or a voice and take a good beating if they attempt to assert themselves.

John (Juan) Donaghy said...

It's a very sad article. There is no critique of human rights violations by the Micheletti regime. He is also repeating much of what he said in interviews after he read the bishops' conference statement.
Also, from what I have read, Bishop Santos has publicly stated his regret of signing the July 3 document.