.- The president of the movement Laity for Colombia, Carlos Corsi Otalora, recalled Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, who died on April 19 in Rome, as a man of âlucid and courageous wisdom at the service of the truthâ and who âwas always on the forefrontâ of dealing with the world problems.
In a letter to the Apostolic Nuncio in Colombia, Corsi said the movement offered its âprayers and condolencesâ to the Holy Father for the death of Cardinal Trujillo, who âhonored Colombia and selflessly served the Church through his fruitful priestly and episcopal ministry.â
Corsi recalled that the late cardinal completed his âdoctoral thesis on Marxismâ and âconfronted the debate on faith in the halls of universitiesâ in âan era in which Communismâs march seemed unstoppable,â and he made the Churchâs Social Doctrine understandable to young people.
âIn his role first as secretary general and later as president of CELAM, he confronted the powerful influence of Marxism that was making inroads into the liberation theology,â thus paying âthe unavoidable priceâ for âthis prophetic denunciationâ which won him âgrave enemies who pursued him to the end of his days,â Corsi stressed.
He also noted that as president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Cardinal Trujillo âcarried out heroic and historic work in defending and promoting human life, marriage and the family.â
âThe action and thought of Cardinal Lopez were decisive at the Cairo and Beijing Conferences,â where he confronted an âanti-life agenda: the right to abortion, euthanasia, experimentation with living embryos,â homosexual demands âin the sphere of marriage, false sexual and reproductive rights and gender ideology,â Corsi explained.
Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo âwas the highest ranking Colombian with the greatest worldwide influence in the history of the country,â Corsi said. âNaturally, the gospel proclamation that no prophet is accepted in his homeland was fulfilled in him as well.â