Thursday, August 13, 2009

Salesian Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez on new Honduran Government

Our Salesian Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez is speaking out once again about the political situation in Honduras. God bless him and the people of Honduras during this difficult time for them. The following comes from the Let's Get it Right site:

On July 4, 2009, Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez read a statement signed by the 11 Catholic bishops of Honduras stating their position on the political situation and their hopes for Honduras. (English transcript included in the video.) At the end he makes a personal plea to Mel Zelaya to not return to Honduras right now to avoid a blood bath. He reminds Zelaya, a close personal friend of the Cardinal, of three of the commandments, and that to date, not one person had died in the conflict in Honduras.

The second part of the plea was shown over and over again on television during that day.Additionally, another priest made an emergency call to CNN just prior to Zelaya's meeting with the OAS that day, pleading with Zelaya not to return, begging him not to be the cause of bloodshed.

As we know, Mel Zelaya ignored the pleas and tried to return to Honduras. His plane was refused landing and one person was killed in the riot outside the airport grounds.Cardinal Rodriguez was nominated as a potential successor to Pope John Paul II in April 2005.

2 comments:

Carlos Echevarria said...

I love the ending, you know Zelaya was actually a student of his at one point in time, and the Cardinal thought he had a potential gift for vocation.....like Lucifer, how far they fall!!!

John (Juan) Donaghy said...

It would also be useful to read the statement of the Diocesan Pastoral Council of the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras, which was delivered two days before the cardinal read the message. Bishop Luis Alfonso Santos is also a Salesian. An English translation is at http://honduraschurchdocuments.blogspot.com/2009/07/message-of-diocese-of-santa-rosa-de.html