.- Archbishop Reinaldo del Prette of Valencia said this week President Hugo Chavezâs heavy-handed manner of governing has created division and tension among Venezuelans, even among families.
âI donât understand how he can impose a system by force without addressing matters with reason and with arguments, thus trying win support from others. This has created the tension and division which we have seen in the country, even in the heart of families,â the archbishop said during a meeting with students. He told them that national reconciliation âresults from open and sincere dialogue,â âespecially with you young people.â
In a democracy, he continued, âone must persuade rather than impose,â because âideas and the truth are what convince.â âOne must have sufficient humility and sincerityâ to recognize when the other person speaks the truth. He called on President Chavez to âlower the tone of confrontation in order to seek out reconciliation.â