One, and only one, U.S. presidential candidate has been invited by the Vatican to attend the Centesimus annus: 25 Years Later conference – Bernie Sanders,
“I think the Vatican has been aware of the fact that, in many respects, the pope’s views and my views are very much related,” Sanders said. “He has talked in an almost unprecedented way about the need to address income and wealth inequality, poverty and to combat the greed that we’re seeing all over this world, which is doing so much harm to so many people. … For me, it is an extraordinary honor to receive this invitation.”
Bernie will be at the Vatican on April 15th, on time to discuss how to redistribute your hard-earned money. Sanders adviser Jeffrey Sachs is presenting a paper.
Changes in the World Political Situation Since 1981
Author: President Rafael Correa
The fall of the Soviet Union and the democratization of Eastern Europe was the major political backdrop of Centesimus annus. What is the global political situation today and which elements require greater attention by both the international community and by Catholic social teaching?
One political situation that required attention recently was Ecuador’s approval of 16 amendments to its Constitution, which Freedom House deemed in violation of democratic principles. Additionally,
Bolivia’s Evo Morales, too, has a paper,
The New Proposals Coming From Latin America Author: President Evo Morales
In the light of Pope Francis’ reading of the previous documents of the Magisterium, presented during the World Meeting of the Popular Movements of Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia, the author will present his proposal based on his experience as a leader of the popular movements, rooted in the pre-Columbian cultural traditions and populations.
Pope Francis was a speaker at that World Meeting of Popular Movements. That was last year; this year Morales is embroiled in an ongoing scandal involving his former girlfriend (now in jail), their alleged child (who may or may not be alive), and a number of contracts with the Chinese government.
Morales, whose current term expires in 2020, recently lost a referendum to allow him to run for a fourth term.
Morales, not a Catholic, is a believer of pantheism, and his country passed a law granting human rights to nature
The law, which is part of a complete restructuring of the Bolivian legal system following a change of constitution in 2009, has been heavily influenced by a resurgent indigenous Andean spiritual world view which places the environment and the earth deity known as the Pachamama at the centre of all life. Humans are considered equal to all other entities.
The invitation to Saunders, Morales, and Correa grants the three a legitimacy that will be widely propagandized by the Left as a seal of approval from the Church.
Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.