Pope Francis has shown signs of his great affinity to socialism, which has not been lost on Venezuela’s Chavistas. High-ranking Venezuelan officials have now decided to request asylum from the Catholic Church in anticipation of the possible fall of Nicolás Maduro.
With Francis as pope for life, Chavistas have ensured impunity for themselves, and a way to get away with their crimes.
Monsignor Mario Moronta, vice president of the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference (CEV) has already reported that senior Chavista officials are considering taking refuge in churches if Maduro is overthrown. The possibility arose that the Catholic Church might offer them asylum.
#6May Monseñor Mario Moronta dijo que altos dirigentes del chavismo han acudido a varios obispos para consultar sobre el derecho de asilo, en caso de una salida de Nicolás Maduro del poder. Via @DiarioTalCual #TVVNoticias #TVVenezuela pic.twitter.com/X3raemi7QV
— TVV Noticias (@TVVnoticias) May 6, 2019
“Twenty days ago representatives of Nicolás Maduro knocked on the doors of the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference to ask for asylum, in the case of Maduro’s departure from the presidency,” he said. Faced with that eventuality, the doors of the church would be open, he reiterated.
The bishop pointed out that the church always has its doors open to welcome those who request protection.
But although Moronta assures that the Vatican would not be complicit in the crimes of Chavismo, the truth is that Pope Francis has shown the opposite by not speaking out against the regime that has caused the humanitarian crisis faced by Venezuelans.
In fact, investigations reveal that the Catholic Church has allegedly served as a refuge for Chavez’s ill-gotten money.
According to information disseminated by the Peruvian journalist Jaime Bayly, there are three key figures of Chavismo who have millions of euros in the Vatican bank.
According to Bayly, he was able to obtain banking information on Nicolás Maduro, Diosdado Cabello, and the daughter of Hugo Chávez, María Gabriela Chávez. He said that between the three of them, they have $1.76 billion euros.
Although the Vatican has denied that Maduro and other socialist ex-presidents have deposits there, the Colombian newspaper El Expediente revealed that there is an alleged money laundering operation that has been used by Latin American leaders called “Route of the K Money,” and that it was set in motion by the ex-president of Argentina, Cristina Kirchner, in conjunction with Pope Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
But it would not be a surprise if the Pope is an ally of Chavismo, after witnessing his silence with respect to the ongoing situation in Venezuela. While more than 60 democratic countries recognize Juan Guaidó as the interim president, the Vatican continues to recognize Maduro and still does not classify him as a dictator.
The Vatican, headed by Pope Francis, not only has not condemned the dictatorship in Venezuela, but has also helped the regime to stay in power, after several failed dialogues that it sponsored.
Bergoglio and his affinity with socialism
A report by Marcelo Duclos in the PanAm Post reveals that during his years as the highest pontiff, Francisco has left little doubt as to his ideological profile; little is subject to interpretation.
“For the current pope, money is bad (more precisely “devil’s dung”), and the market economy is a system that generates exclusion, poverty, and misery,” says the article.
To this is added the very little interest when it comes to referring to the victims of socialism in the region, especially in the face of total economic meltdown, and the oppression of the peoples of Cuba and Venezuela.
In Nicaragua, for example, he decided to withdraw the bishop who questioned the leftist Daniel Ortega.
Nothing would surprise the world now…. the Vatican is eminently willing to provide refuge to Chavistas, in a place where thanks to Pope Francis, they would have total impunity.