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Venezuelan leftists disrupt Mass, denounce Church involvement in political crisis

February 16, 2017

Leftists disrupted Mass at a Catholic church in Caracas, Venezuela on February 11, as tensions escalated between the Catholic hierarchy and supporters of the socialist government.

Demonstrators burst into a chuch in a poor neighborhood of the capital city, shouting slogans and denouncing the Catholic clergy. “Satan in a cassock!” they chanted, and “Chavez lives”—a reference to the late Hugo Chavez, whose dictatorial rule had been repeatedly condemned by Church leaders.

A leader of the leftist group took over the pulpit to deliver an address denouncing the pastor for his criticism of the government. He argued that if Church leaders made statements about politics, political activists should be able to speak in the church.


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  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Feb. 16, 2017 10:13 PM ET USA

    Nothing new here. Leftists are thugs. They shut out those of diametrical views and take over places where they have no business being. The logic is typical; they won't connect the dots that says go speak your politics in the appropriate place and leave others to do the same because there is no room for "diversity".

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 16, 2017 7:23 PM ET USA

    Three incidents of this same thing happened at Catholic Churches during Mass in Las Vegas in December 2015. No response was forthcoming from the U.S. Attorney General about the assault on the 1st Amendment incited by those hostile acts. It's good to know that the U.S. is finally moving away from its low point of being just another 3rd-world banana republic.