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Venezuelan prelate raps government's refusal to acknowledge economic crisis, accept foreign aid

June 30, 2016

Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas has blasted the government of President Nicolas Maduro for refusing to accept humanitarian aid from abroad at a time when shortages of food and medicine have become acute.

"It is impossible to deny the serious crisis," the cardinal said, noting the deterioration of living standards in Venezuela. The country's parliament had voted to request international help to provide food and medical supplies, but the Maduro administration persuaded the country's top court to invalidate the legislative action on the grounds that it interferes with the functions of the presidency.

President Maduro is refusing to accept international aid, apparently, in order to avoid acknowledging the extent of the economic crisis that has paralyzed the nation. 

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  • Posted by: 1Jn416 - Jun. 30, 2016 5:38 PM ET USA

    I wonder if any Catholics in Venezuela are saying things like, "Bishops are not competent to speak on economic or political matters. Cardinal Savino should stick to the faith." Would that be a valid point? Does it matter that people are starving in making that determination? Then substitute climate change or gun violence for the topic at hand; any difference?