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Honduran cardinal implicitly rebukes Obama administration, fears nation heading toward Chavez-style regime

October 21, 2009

Noting parallels between the political situation in Honduras and the series of events that transformed Venezuela into the shadow of a democracy that it was, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa is warning that his nation may be heading towards a Venezuelan-style regime.

“The reality in Honduras is, there is a constitution here,” he said, defending the constitutional removal of former President Manuel Zelaya from office in June. “Everything was done according to our laws, our constitution.” Implicitly rebuking the Obama administration, he added, “But the rest of the world wants to think of things as they want it done. And this is the problem.”

The prelate-- who is known for his devotion to the poor and serves as president of Caritas Internationalis-- joked, “I was accused of being a liberation theologian, and now I am accused of being a coup plotter.”

“I am the same person,” he continued. “I have not changed, but it all depends upon the sunglasses people have.”


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  • Posted by: unum - Oct. 22, 2009 9:01 AM ET USA

    The support of the Obama Administration for the Hugo Chavez forces attempting a leftist takeover of Honduras is shameful. Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga is one of the few credible voices of moral clarity in this situation. May the world, and the U.S. President and Secretary of State listen to him.

  • Posted by: peggyann - Oct. 22, 2009 7:38 AM ET USA

    Sounds like the worldwide domination some are accusing the Obama administration of implementing. What do I know? I just see an additional reason for the worldwide Church to step up her prayers in behalf of Truth.