Critical need by 8/31:   $10,000 to cover a crippling immediate shortfall.   $7,370 to go.   Please help now!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Venezuelan bishops: Nation moving away from God

Catholic World News - January 27, 2010

In a recent statement, the bishops of Venezuela lamented the growing secularism, corruption, and undermining of democracy in the South American nation. “Our country is experiencing a social, political, and economic situation that suggests a moving away from God,” they write. “We are very concerned about the actions and statements of government representatives which undermine the democratic spirit.”

“To our people we say: we must maintain the civic spirit of patriotism which is also shown in denouncing injustices,” they continue. “We remind all of the due respect for human dignity and the promotion of rights and duties.”

The Church in Venezuela has suffered persecution under the regime of Hugo Chávez, who has served as president since 1999. 87.5% of the nation’s 27.5 million people are Catholic.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($17,684 to go):
$35,000.00 $17,316.18
51% 49%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Pilate - Jan. 27, 2010 10:20 PM ET USA

    Ifwe have problems, the first place to look is in the mirror

  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Jan. 27, 2010 8:42 AM ET USA

    I hope a Venezuelan form of Solidarity rises up to throw off the Chavez tyranny.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The intractable practical problems with the Kasper proposal 0 hours ago
No, the Pope did not endorse a gay-friendly children's book 2 hours ago
Legal pressure does not make sterilization moral 23 hours ago
Just as you suspected, most polls are useless. August 26
Intrinsic evil can't be evaluated on a case-by-case basis August 26

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: welcome with compassion those who have remarried outside the Church CWN - August 5