Pope Francis must support Venezuela opposition, or lose credibility


Crux, 17 May 2017

The Catholic bishops of Venezuela have been subject to government harassment and violence for their defense of human rights and basic dignity. Last week the Latin American bishops meeting in San Salvador decried the deprivation of basic needs and human rights in Venezuela. Does Pope Francis now need to show greater support for the country’s opposition?

A month ago I wrote about how recent silence from the Vatican on the crisis in Venezuela indicated a confusion about how to proceed. In the intervening weeks developments in Venezuela have rapidly deteriorated.

Protesters have filled the streets, government forces have killed dozens of them, ordinary people scavenge through the trash to eat, international diplomacy seeks to isolate the Maduro regime, and the bishops of Latin America have entered the fray.

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