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 “lucid and courageous wisdom at the service of the truth” and who “was always on the forefront” of dealing with the world problems.
In a letter to the Apostolic Nuncio in Colombia, Corsi said the movement offered its “prayers and condolences” to the Holy Father for the death of Cardinal Trujillo, who “honored Colombia and selflessly served the Church through his fruitful priestly and episcopal ministry.”
Corsi recalled that the late cardinal completed his “doctoral thesis on Marxism” and “confronted the debate on faith in the halls of universities” in “an era in which Communism’s march seemed unstoppable,” and he made the Church’s Social Doctrine understandable to young people.
“In 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,” thus paying “the unavoidable price” for “this prophetic denunciation” which won him “grave enemies who pursued him to the end of his days,” Corsi stressed.
He also noted that as president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Cardinal Trujillo “carried out heroic and historic work in defending and promoting human life, marriage and the family.”
“The action and thought of Cardinal Lopez were decisive at the Cairo and Beijing Conferences,” where he confronted an “anti-life agenda: the right to abortion, euthanasia, experimentation with living embryos,” homosexual demands “in the sphere of marriage, false sexual and reproductive rights and gender ideology,” Corsi explained.
Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo “was the highest ranking Colombian with the greatest worldwide influence in the history of the country,” Corsi said. “Naturally, the gospel proclamation that no prophet is accepted in his homeland was fulfilled in him as well.”