The Pope, after arriving in Bolivia, stopped to pray at the death site of Luis Espinal, a Jesuit murdered by Bolivian paramilitary forces in 1980. Espinal is being painted in press reports as a reformer who stood against the military dictatorship in Bolivia. However, PopeWatch came across this little tidbit:
“He was of the left. This is certain. But he never belonged to any party or pretended to be part of one,” said Father Albo, who said he hopes to present a replica of the hammer and sickle crucifix to the pope.
Father Espinal “gave a lot of importance to the dialogue between Marxists and Christians,” he explained. “It was not pro-Soviet … (it was) the need for the church to be close to the popular sectors. Some understand this, others don’t. To me it is very clear.”
PopeWatch wonders if the Pope would honor a priest who was killed by a leftist government and kept by his bed a photo of a crucified Christ attached to a Swastika. Communists are every inch as evil as the Nazis were and as antithetical to the teachings of Christ. Many Jesuits, and others within the Church, seek to ignore these obvious truths.