by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz
Nicaraguan liberation theology advocate and member of Daniel Ortega’s inner circle Miguel D’Escoto has been restored to the priesthood.
He had been suspended by John Paul II (who knew a thing or two about Communists) in 1985:
D’Escoto served as the Republic of Nicaragua’s Minister for Foreign Affairs for more than a decade and currently acts as Senior Adviser on Foreign Affairs to President Daniel Ortega Saavedra. He is still a member of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), a political movement rooted in Marxist philosophy and which once had ties to the Soviet Communist party.
D’Escoto received the 1987 “Lenin Peace Prize” from the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
As head of the U.N. General Assembly, D’Escoto accused Israel of genocide in 1999,
“The number of victims in Gaza is increasing by the day… The situation is untenable. It’s genocide,” d’Escoto said at the UN in New York.
The Code of Canon Law prohibits priests from holding partisan political offices.
D’Escoto continues to hold office in both a political party and a regime.
Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics and culture at Fausta’s Blog.
Update: DTG: It’s not often that I find myself in disagreement with one of my writers, but given that this priest is elderly and asked for reinstatement for the right to say the holy sacrifice of the mass again before his death, not to mention that Francis’ pontificate is known for pushing repentance it is entirely consistent with his methods to give a person another chance, particularly when they’ve served a suspension of nearly 3 decades.