Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas, Venezuela recently noted that the country's government refuses to enter into dialogue with the Church.
“We are always willing to listen, to talk, and to try to help the country go down the path of peace, to me this just falls on deaf ears,” he said during an April 15 interview with TvRadio.
The cardinal said the Church is very concerned with the recent conflict in the country, especially over political prisoners, the demands of nurses, and universities. The government needs to adopt an openness to dialogue in order to solve these problems, he said.
“I say especially ‘the government’ because the government in Venezuela is one with the baton in almost every area, because it has all the power and money,” the cardinal said.
The cardinal also defended the bishops' rights to express opinions on social and political life in Venezuela. He emphasized that it is the bishops' right and duty to speak out when something will benefit or harm the Venezuelan people.