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“The symptoms of disenchantment are various: the enchantment of methods that always promise better things, that of an economy that offers almost unlimited possibilities in all aspects of life to those who manage to be included in that system.”

“The suffering of innocents and the peaceful continues to slap us, the contempt for the rights of the most fragile individuals and peoples are not so far away; the empire of money with his demonic effects like drug abuse, corruption, trafficking people, including children, along with material and moral poverty are rife.”

“Not only are they violated (human rights) by terrorism, repression and assassinations, but also with the existence of conditions of extreme poverty and unjust economic structures which cause great inequalities.”

“In our ecclesiastical region there are priests who don’t baptize the children of single mothers because they weren’t conceived in the sanctity of marriage. These are today’s hypocrites. Those who clericalize the Church. Those who separate the people of God from salvation. And this poor girl who, rather than returning the child to sender, had the courage to carry it into the world, must wander from parish to parish so that it’s baptized!”

“We live in the most unequal part of the world, which has grown the most yet reduced misery the least. The unjust distribution of goods persists, creating a situation of social sin that cries out to Heaven and limits the possibilities of a fuller life for so many of our brothers.”

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And Finally…

“And next time, forget the white smoke. We’re just going to set off fireworks.”

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After the Conclave

“It was white smoke because we had chosen a pope. If it was black smoke, it would have meant we hadn’t made up our minds. And if it was pot smoke it would have meant that we had elected Rembart Weakland.”

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"I'm going to really shake things up and nominate a sparrow."

“I’m going to really shake things up and nominate a sparrow.”

 

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What Chavez Wrought

imagesCAKIOA9BThe American Right loved to hate him. How could they not? Hugo Chavez provoked the corporate state and challenged American imperialism. In response, he was caricaturized as communist dictator, though his version of socialism was not State Socialism but participatory and cooperative.

In truth, he was democratically elected, over and over, and was immensely popular, not least among the poor. And while critics may take him to task for making common ground with other, less democratic, foes of America, the same critics rarely speak of America’s dictatorial allies.

And though Chavez often clashed with Church hierarchy, he was a Catholic and died in the good graces of the Church. Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino prayed a funeral Mass for him in Rome after the state funeral. Whatever his faults, love of the poor covers a multitude of sins.

Although many Americans hate to admit it, it is hard to argue with the results of Chavez’ policies:

malnutrition

malnutrition

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GDP per cap

poverty

poverty

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higher education

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