Pope Francis lifts the suspension of Sandinista Fr. Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann
Above is a photo of two Sandinista rebels. The one on the right is a priest by the name of Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann.
In 1985, Pope John Paul II suspended Maryknoll Father, Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann’s priestly ministry because he refused to give up his political position in Nicaragua’s revolutionary Sandinista government.
How times have changed. Last week, Pope Francis lifted the suspension because the 81-year-old liberation theologist had written to the Pope that he wanted to be able to celebrate Mass again before he died. Really? Where will he find the time to say mass? This guy is still pretty busy serving as a senior advisor to (once again) Nicaraguan president, Daniel Ortega while pushing the United Nation’s mother earth Marxism around the world.
In 1963, a year after graduating with a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism, D’Escoto founded the National Institute of Population Research and Action (INAP) in Chile working as a community organizer in defense of labor rights for disadvantaged groups in shanty towns on the outskirts of Santiago.
In 1970, D’Escoto became the head of the Department of Communications at Maryknoll’s headquarters in New York, where he founded Orbis Books, a publisher of liberation theology works.
After immersing himself in liberation theology, he decided to join the Sandinistas and became part of the group of twelve that publicly expressed support for the revolutionary front. The priest was so helpful to the revolution that Daniel Ortega made him the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Nicaragua in 1979. Today he is still a senior advisor to President Ortega in International Affairs, a position he has held since 2007 and carries the rank of minister.
In 2008, the same time as the US financial crisis, D’Escoto became president of the 63rd session of the UN General Assembly. Eager to get a piece of the bail-out pie, D’Escoto went to work on his ‘Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Development’ which called for wealthier nations to direct one per cent of their economic stimulus packages to help developing countries address poverty. Shades of Kofi Annan.
On a visit to Havana to meet with Fidel Castro, as president of the UN General Assembly, Miguel D’Escoto, said, “Fidel is for me today, the best disciple of Jesus. I touched the privilege of being close, to observe, to hear, to see, and is a man in love with justice, brotherhood, solidarity.”
His travels apparently bankrolled in part by Iran, his excellency the president of the United Nations General Assembly, Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, recently took a three-week trip to Syria, Finland, China, Bahrain and Switzerland, plus five days in the Islamic Republic of Iran, complete with a photo-op bear hug with Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
More specifically, d’Escoto, who served in Cold War days as the foreign minister of Nicaragua’s Sandinista junta, lauded Iran–which is in breach of U.N. sanctions–as a country enjoying “great respect.” He denounced the U.S. as having “demonized” Ahmadinejad. Describing himself as “speaking on behalf of the immense majority,” d’Escoto described Americans as laboring under “a political handicap,” accused Israel of apartheid, compared former President Bush to mobster Al Capone, and called for “dialogue” with all, including such terrorist groups as Hamas.
This is the same priest served as an officer of the World Council of Churches, even though the Roman Catholic church is not a member of the organization.
This sudden urge to be reinstated with the Church just seems a bit suspect, don’t you think?