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Aparecida Notes: the Nueva Cuba in South America

From the new (old-fashioned) "Socialist", "Bolivarian Republic" in Venezuela, the news of the new law which allows President Hugo Chávez to rule by decree. The name of the act: Ley Habilitante (literally, Enabling Act). Now, where have we seen this name before?

In fact, the "Ley Habilitante" is just the first of the five "Constituent Engines" which will drive Venezuela towards its "Revolutionary Socialist" future... The third "engine" looks promising: "Moral and Lights: education in Socialist values"...

Yes, Pius XI will always be right: "no one can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true Socialist" (Quadragesimo Anno).


  1. Anonymous10:16 PM

    I don't understand what the fuss is. At least Chavez is doing something for his people. More schools and hospitals have been opened in the last seven years than in the fifty years previous. In the old days only 25 families benefitted from all the oil profits. Now it's the entire country. Read Father Ernesto Cardenal's report from Venezuela. Sometimes revolution is the only way out. And when did the church side with the poor and the oppressed? It seems that it always supported the rich and the powerful. Go Chavez!

  2. Is this for real?...

    ¡Viva la Revolución!

  3. Anonymous11:25 PM

    "Go Chavez"? Why not just say "Heil Hitler" and be done with it. Soon you'll be telling us that you've got to break a lot of eggs to make an omelot.

    Woe to the Venezuelan people. Their horror has just begun.

  4. Anonymous12:35 AM

    Go Chapolin!

  5. Anonymous12:39 AM

    Regarding the posting of anonymous, indeed it is a tragedy that for latin american the only way to obtain a certain degree of social justice (which is readily available to the people of developed countries) is to turn socialism. As for the catholic church in Venezuela, I would say to stop blaming the catholic church for Latin America's malfeasances. The only who they can blame is themselves for not beliving in democracy.

  6. Jordan:

    is an omelot a Venezuelan cousin of the common Ocelot?

  7. This post is disconcerting. I'd rather see this blog free from secular politics. Rather, let us concentrate on the Traditional Catholic Faith. If Chavezism is involved in issues concerning the Faith, then fine.

    However, for my part, I'd rather keep free from pluralistic Hobbesian-Lockean-Jeffersonian "democratistic" solutions for Venezuala (or poor Iraq for that matter). In a nutshell, if the United States can allow over 3000 Red Chinese "business "fronts" to operate with impunity, if she can allow a state-threatening trade imbalance, if she can transfer the vast majority of her hi-technology to China - then her criticism of Venezuala's "threat" is a mere sham. When you are threatened by an elephant, don't worry about the mouse (or rat, as the case may be).

  8. Pacendi:

    within 18 months he'll start expropriating whatever Church properties he can lay his hands on.

  9. Anonymous2:00 AM

    ludicrous posting by Simon-Peter. Either you are ill-informed or you think that we are a bunch of imbecils.

  10. Anonymous2:02 AM

    Simon-Peter, perhaps you don't know that italians have a communist president.

  11. Within 18 months he'll start expropriating Church property.

  12. "Simon-Peter dijo...

    within 18 months he'll start expropriating whatever Church properties he can lay his hands on"

    His best pal, the bolivian president Evo Morales is doing that right now. He tried to expropiate the lands belonging to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Copacabana. The "socialists" mobs blocked the way to the Sanctuary, asking for the confiscation of the Franciscan Inn.

    The new law of education is the most anticatholic education law in the world after the spanish LOGSE.

    The Secretary of "Cultures" promotes neopaganism (a bastard invention) in a almost frenetic way.

    In last december, a bomb was placed in a parish church in Potosi, precisely dedicated to Our Lady of Copacabana.

    Do you remeber Mexico in the 1920s?

    Or the first days of the Spanish Republic?

    Mysterious bombs with no terrorists caught?

    "Pascendi dijo...
    This post is disconcerting. I'd rather see this blog free from secular politics. Rather, let us concentrate on the Traditional Catholic Faith. If Chavezism is involved in issues concerning the Faith, then fine."

    Well, since the first years of the "bolivarian" revolution (2003) the chavistas were very involved in issues concerning the Faith, like profanations of images of Our Holy Mother, for example:

    I don't want to shock the readers, so I will transcribe the description of this acts in spanish:

    "A la Virgen de la Rosa Mística la pusieron en el suelo y, en un ritual espeluznante, entre bailes, risas macabras y violencia sin fin, uno de los diablos esgrimió un palo y de un solo golpe decapitó a la Virgen, ante el júbilo enfermo de uno de los delincuentes", narra Bruzual, quien añade que la segunda estatua, de la Virgen Milagrosa, "fue bajada de su pedestal, fue bailada en una especie de rito escalofriante, para terminar pintándole círculos rojos en la sien y en la espalda", siendo objeto de actos de aberraciones sexuales y morales inenarrables (cfr. Eleonora Bruzual, "Satanás se complace", El Nuevo Herald, Dic. 13, 2003)

    The colitions between the flamboyant and grotesque Comandante and the Catholic Hierarchy are so frecuent, that there is no need to give examples.

    If the "revolutionary" process continues in Venezuela, sooner or later an open persecution will start.

    "At least Chavez is doing something for his people. More schools and hospitals have been opened in the last seven years than in the fifty years previous"

    Give me a break. That is the same nonsense we've been hearing in Latin America the last 100 years.

    Do you remeber General Juan Domingo Perón?

    Oh yes. Hospitals, schools, free food for the "people" -the masses blackmailed by hunger-. A lot of catholics even praised his regime in the first years and then... In 1955 all the churches in Buenos Aires were burnt to the ground by the peronists. The vestments and Holy Vessels were profanated,also the images and the Tabernacles.
    Lots of priests were put in jail.

    The populist dictatorships are not a alternative. They scatter savagery and insanity.

  13. Correction: "...they are not AN alternative".

    Sorry for the lousy english, I wrote the comment "a vuela pluma", with a "flying pen", as we say in Perú.

  14. Anonymous3:28 AM

    "The only who they can blame is themselves for not beliving in democracy."

    The quickest way to Socialism IS democracy!!!

  15. Anonymous3:47 AM

    Chavez and Morales will do just fine, don't worry about them. They have already done a heck of a lot more than all of their predecessors combined. Why all this paranoia about persecuting the church? Chavez has not persecuted anybody in Venezuela. The church, never all that strong or popular, is free to voice its criticism. At least Venezuela does not have a Masonic government like the U.S. or Western Europe. And Chavez is receiving bad press because he finally had enough of U.S. domination in Latin America.

    Viva Chavez, viva Fidel!

  16. The quickest way to Socialism IS democracy!!!

    Like the socialism they have in the US, Europe and Japan, certainly, that is the socialism that Latin America needs.

  17. You can always tell how deeply rooted the faith by the attitude to the "errors of Russia" wherever they be found.

  18. Anonymous4:57 AM

    The worst foremen of latinamericans are those native latinamericans that have acquired US or European nationality. In fact this is the best way to continue the neo-colonialist model of exploitation on Latin America.

  19. Anonymous5:18 AM

    To Anonymous:
    "Woe to you that call evil good, and good evil: that put darkness for light, and light for darkness"
    Prophecy Of Isaias 5:20

    Chavez and Castro are evil men. You praise them at the peril of the loss of your soul. Do not let wild-eye'd uptopian ideologies jeapordize your salvation.

    This web site has dedicated many posts to the solemn remembrance of the many atrocities that socialist rulers have committed against the Church (thereby against Christ... thereby against God).

    You can not count yourself amoung the ranks of socialists without endorsing their atrocities.

    Turn instead to the love and humility of Christ.

  20. Anonymous5:39 AM

    As harshly as the Church has rightly condemned marxism, it has also condemned. with her own magisterium taken from the New Testament, the grave sin of those who have it all by exploiting their brethen to abject poverty.

    The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that:

    "2450 "You shall not steal" (⇒ Ex 20:15; ⇒ Deut 5:19). "Neither thieves, nor the greedy, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God" (⇒ 1 Cor 6:10)."

    and "2455 The moral law forbids acts which, for commercial or totalitarian purposes, lead to the enslavement of human beings, or to their being bought, sold or exchanged like merchandise."

    and "2463 How can we not recognize Lazarus, the hungry beggar in the parable (cf ⇒ Lk 17:19-31), in the multitude of human beings without bread, a roof or a place to stay? How can we fail to hear Jesus: "As you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me" (⇒ Mt 25:45)?"

    No real christian can condemn the evils of socialism without condeming the social injustice and neo-colonialist system in existence in Latin America.

  21. Anonymous5:43 AM

    The poverty of Latin America, Asia and Africa is the wealth of many who live in the developed countries.

  22. Anonymous12:44 PM

    Chavez claims to be a "Catholic Christian" and refers to traditionalist enemies of his revolution as "devils in cassocks":

    "Devils in cassocks"? Chavez should get together with some of our modernist bishops; they would have much to discuss.

  23. Anonymous1:46 PM

    This Sunday's first Reading:

    (Jer 17:5-8)
    Thus says the LORD:
    Cursed is the one who trusts in human beings,
    who seeks his strength in flesh,
    whose heart turns away from the LORD.
    He is like a barren bush in the desert
    that enjoys no change of season,
    but stands in a lava waste,
    a salt and empty earth.
    Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD,
    whose hope is the LORD.
    He is like a tree planted beside the waters
    that stretches out its roots to the stream:
    it fears not the heat when it comes;
    its leaves stay green;
    in the year of drought it shows no distress,
    but still bears fruit.

  24. Anonymous2:51 PM

    '"There has been no other government in Venezuela, and I say this with all humility, that has been closer ... to the mandate of Christ," [Chavez] said.'

    Empty, self-serving words. Someone should ask Chavez if he accepts the Social Reign of Jesus Christ, and if he is willing to submit his own government to the absolute sovereignty of Jesus Christ.

  25. Replies in order:


    You make a very good point - the errors of Russia are behind this (not the errors of Venezuela).


    Excellent points. I too am well aware of the persecutions in Catholic Mexico. I am just suggesting that we, as Catholics, must oppose and pray for ALL enemies of the Church and Her rights.

    Liberty in Christ:

    Again, good points. No man be objectively good if he is not Catholic (for Christ wishes all men to belong to Him through His Church). My point is the Western media roars against Chavez (and maybe they should - I'm not denying that), but is virtually silent on the Yeltsin-Putin led genocide in Chechnya, on Soviet cultural-political persecution in White Russia, on aggression against Ukraine, Moldova; on Chinese aggression against Tibet, Taiwan, hi-tech spying and so on.

    These tyrants pose a far greater security risk to America (not considering internal spiritual rot which is even far worse). They are also the ones supporting and encouraging Mr. Chavez.

    New Catholic:

    I agree with you completely, of course politics as they pertain to the Church should be posted. Leo XIII even commented in Immortale Dei that the relationship between the State and Church is somewhat like the relationship between body and soul. A beautiful analogy forgotten both in Venezuela and in "western democratic" countries.

    I just was concerned with the possible danger of your excellent (indeed, outstanding blog) being diverted.

    My point simply is: "Rulers and subjects, crowned and uncrowned, rich and poor are equally subject to His word" (Mit brennender Sorge).


    Absolutely! Now let us ask the various "western"
    countries if they too accept the Reign of Christ the King, for example, the Russia, the US, France or Canada, where I live.

  26. "The kind of socialism that the Word of God has condemened, it would be marxist socialism."

    Are you a comedian?

    "¡HYPOCRATE!, make no mistake about it, you will burn in hell."

    Apparently you are.

    Note: snorting funny white powder is a grave sin.

  27. Anonymous4:23 PM

    'It would be just to ask also the US and European governments [and the others listed by Pascendi] if they accept the Social Reign of Jesus Christ.'

    I absolutely agree ... and the answer is that they do not accept His Reign. Is there any government that does? Poland, perhaps, except for their bishops.

  28. Friends,

    Let us attack the point and NOT the person, we are supposed to be Catholics, working out our "salvation in fear and trembling" (St. Paul).


    "Dialogue exists when two friends of the light, yield to the light and only the light".

    St. Thomas More.

  29. Anonymous5:56 PM

    "I absolutely agree ... and the answer is that they do not accept His Reign. Is there any government that does? Poland, perhaps, except for their bishops."

    Not only they do not accept the Social Reign of Christ, but the European Union, Canada and the like are working against it. There is no greater enemy of Jesus Christ than the European Union and its allies. ¡Watch Portugal!

  30. I never knew there were so many "trolls" reading this blog! Welcome!

    El Sacristán: Thank you very much. Foreigners, as in much of the History of Latin America, do not usually understand the difficulties the Church may face under Socialist or other hostile regimes. Remember that most Americans, except for a handful of Irish Catholics, simply stood by as hundreds of thousands of Catholics were persecuted in Mexico. The Cuban persecution was atrocious and has made the Cuban Church the weakest in all of Latin America.

    Chávez' recent references to his "enemies" in "cassocks" have been the most chilling by any Latin American leader since the Mexican persecutions...


    Pascendi: "I'd rather see this blog free from secular politics."

    Our new banner celebrates the 70th anniversary of three encyclicals of Pope Pius XI which dealt intrinsically with "secular" politics, and their effect on the Church. The Church is different from the Body Politic, but all of its members are part of their respective political societies and suffer the consequences of "revolutionary" events.

    Catholics cannot be indifferent to such events, which have always led, sooner or later, to great persecution.

    "No one can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true Socialist" (Quadragesimo Anno); "Communism is intrinsically evil" (Divini Redemptoris).


    To those trolls who have tried to exonerate Socialism from its anti-Catholic essence by referring to "Social Injustice" (as if Socialism had ever produced anything other than Social Injustice of the deepest kind) and "Capitalist practices", read Rerum Novarum and especially Centesimus Annus: while Socialism is ALWAYS incompatible with the Catholic Faith, "Market Economy" is not.

    "...can it perhaps be said that, after the failure of Communism, capitalism is the victorious social system, and that capitalism should be the goal of the countries now making efforts to rebuild their economy and society? Is this the model which ought to be proposed to the countries of the Third World which are searching for the path to true economic and civil progress?

    "The answer is obviously complex. If by 'capitalism' is meant an economic system which recognizes the fundamental and positive role of business, the market, private property and the resulting responsibility for the means of production, as well as free human creativity in the economic sector, then the answer is certainly in the affirmative, even though it would perhaps be more appropriate to speak of a 'business economy', 'market economy' or simply 'free economy'. But if by 'capitalism' is meant a system in which freedom in the economic sector is not circumscribed within a strong juridical framework which places it at the service of human freedom in its totality, and which sees it as a particular aspect of that freedom, the core of which is ethical and religious, then the reply is certainly negative."

    A "Capitalist" system with restricted freedoms is incompatible with the Catholic Faith; ironically, the establishment of monopolies and corrupt State interventions in an essentially "Capitalist" economy characterizes most "Socialist" or "pseudo-Socialist" states of our days, including China and Venezuela (for now).

    A "Market economy" which respects the freedoms of human beings is compatible with the Catholic faith, and usually is a very successful economy (the most striking Latin American example is Chile, after it abandoned its Marxist dreams in the early 1970s).