.- The secretary general of the Bishopsâ Conference of Colombia, Bishop Fabian Marulanda Lopez, said this week he was surprised by former president Alfonso Lopez Michelsenâs opposition to the bishopsâ call to vote for pro-life policies and candidates in the upcoming elections.
In response to a column Michelsen wrote for the Colombian daily El Tiempo, in which the former president chided the bishops for âmeddling in Colombian politicsâ by âcalling for the prohibition of abortion, gay marriage and euthanasia,â Bishop Marulanda responded with a letter in which he wondered aloud if the former president had even read the bishopsâ statements. âOne would think you would have read the statement of the bishopsâ before criticizing it, he said, âbecause there is nothing in that text related to what you are so concerned about: no finger-pointing or subtle prohibitions.â
The statement, Bishop Marulanda continued, âdoes not mention the word âabortionâ nor âgay marriageâ or âeuthanasiaâ.â Nevertheless, he said, this does not mean âthat the bishops are not concerned about these issues.â
Bishop Marulanda said he was surprised that âsuch a âprofoundly liberalâ man like you, Dr. Lopez,â would be so upset at the bishops for âcalling on citizens to participate in the political processâ and for demanding candidates support policies that respect life, fight poverty, and promote education and peace.