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Peru: author's criticism of Cardinal Cipriani is inaccurate, archdiocesan spokesman shows

June 22, 2011

The Archdiocese of Lima, Peru, has sharply denied charges by the noted author Mario Vargas Llosa that Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani was silent in the face of a forced-sterilization program during the 1990s. The cardinal was actually a vocal opponent of the government program, a spokesman points out.

The Church spokesman, Natale Amprimo, points to newspaper editorials from 1998, identifying Cardinal Cipriani as an outspoken critic of the sterilizations, which were performed on poor women. Amprimo questioned how Vargas Llosa could continue to allege the contrary "with impunity."


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