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Nicaraguan Catholic questions reinstatement of unrepentant Sandinista priest

August 12, 2014

Father Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, the Nicaraguan priest who once served in the country’s Sandinista government, has celebrated Mass once again after Pope Francis lifted his 29-year suspension from ministry.

Father d’Escoto, who is now 81 years old, had written to the Pontiff asking for a restoration of his faculties before his death. Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes of Nicaragua told a local reporter that he was not involved in the case, since “I was not here when he was suspended, and I barely know him.”

But a pro-life activist in Nicaragua told the National Catholic Register that the lifting of Father d’Escoto’s suspension raised questions, since the Maryknoll priest had made no statement of repentance for his defiance of the Vatican. Elida Zelaya Solorzano also expressed concern about a recent interview in which Father d’Escoto described Fidel Castro as “the greatest Latin American of all time.”


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  • Posted by: filioque - Aug. 13, 2014 2:01 PM ET USA

    @ jg23753479: things aren't so great south of the 45th parallel. We had Congressman Robert Drinan, S.J. for many years. He topped his career by offering the celebratory Mass for Nancy Pelosi when she became Speaker of the House in 2007. Both of them (Drinan died a few weeks after that Mass) have been ardent supporters of legal abortion and many other policies incompatible with Catholic Faith and morals. Our bishops continue to do nothing about it.

  • Posted by: filioque - Aug. 13, 2014 11:32 AM ET USA

    Of course it is up to the pope, but that doesn't mean we can't express our opinions. Read Canon 212. Sometimes we are required to do so. This appears to me to be a slap at all who have resisted the Marxist oppression in Latin America and struggled as Catholics for true human rights. Why wasn't Fr. d'Escoto required to retract his earlier allegiances and cease political activity?

  • Posted by: Mike in Toronto - Aug. 13, 2014 8:02 AM ET USA

    The decision is not up to Elida Zelaya Solorzano; it's up to the Pope. That is, or should be, the end of the matter.

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Aug. 12, 2014 10:46 PM ET USA

    I had similar thoughts when I read the original announcement. It seemed that he was still active in politics.