ACI Prensa Staff, Nov 1, 2023 / 18:30 pm
The auxiliary bishop of Managua, Nicaragua, Silvio Báez, who has been living in exile in the U.S. for several years, said in his Sunday Mass homily Oct. 29 that “the dictators say they love God, while they themselves take his place believing themselves to be gods.”
The prelate was the celebrant at the Mass offered at St. Agatha Church in the Sweetwater neighborhood of Miami, where many Nicaraguans live.
Báez, who has always criticized President Daniel Ortega’s regime in Nicaragua, also pointed out that dictators “enrich themselves at the expense of the poor, disrespect people’s rights and freedoms, and oppress their people, and they talk about God, and they say they believe in God and love God.”
“That ‘god’ that the dictators of our people speak of is not the true God, whom you cannot love if you don’t love yourself, if you don’t respect human beings,” he continued.