Monday, February 22, 2016

Fernando Cardenal Dies -- Jesuit Liberation Theologian and Sandanista

Fernando Cardenal SJ (in civilian clothes first from the left) with FSLN
Commander Daniel Ortega

(Managua) He was a Minister Sandinista government. Under Pope John Paul II. he was suspended a divinis and expelled from the Jesuits. He was later reinstated into the order. He was not only a theoretical, but also a practical representative of Marxist liberation theology.

Now he has died at the age of 82 years and stands before the judgment seat of God. There is talk of Fernando Cardenal, the younger brother of Ernesto Cardenal. Both entered the Society of Jesus, were both politically active before their entry into the order, both were Catholic priests, they were both militant representatives of Marxist liberation theology and both were Ministers of the revolutionary Sandinista government that ruled Nicaragua from 1979-1990. With the collapse of the communist bloc, the Sandinista regime collapsed. Concealed, like some communist parties of Europe, the Sandinista Liberation Front FSLN today belongs to the Socialist International and is a sister party of the SPD, Social Democratic Party and SPS.

Revolutionary from a wealthy family

Fernando Cardenal was born in 1934 in Granada, Nicaragua, the son of a wealthy Spanish-born family. Together with his brother, Ernesto, he joined himself early to the Nicaraguan opposition and Marxist liberation theology. The brothers Cardenal became its most important practical representatives and participated in the armed struggle of the Sandinista underground FSLN (Sandinista Front of National Liberation) that fought against the Somoza government.

After the Sandinistas had violently overthrown the government in 1979, the brothers Cardenal took over leading tasks in the revolutionary government, which enjoyed great sympathy and support from the orthodox and unorthodox Left of Europe. Fernando was deputy chairman of the Sandinista Youth League.

The Brothers Cardenal as Ministers: suspension a divinis

The better known, older brother, Ernesto, became Minister of Culture of Nicaragua in 1979. His younger brother became Minister of Education in 1984 under Sandinista Daniel Ortega. The Vatican called for, as previously acknowledged by his brother, their immediate resignation. Fernando refused as previously his brother refused. A withdrawal would have been a "grave sin" explained Fernando Cardenal later to the BBC. "I can not think of a God, who would have required of me to let the people down."

Because of his disobedience, and because he had joined the armed struggle, he was suspended a divinis in Rome. Thus, he could no longer present himself as belonging to the Jesuit Order. The Order excludes a direct exercise of public office. So it had to meet the Roman demands and exclude Cardenal. However, the relationship between the brothers Cardenal and the Order remained benevolent.

The return to the Jesuit Order

In 1990 Sandinistas were voted out. After another six years, Fernando Cardenal was re-adopted by the Jesuit Order. After that, he had to repeat the novitiate for a year that he, so the biography went, spent his time "among the poorest of El Salvador", when he was admitted in 1997 back in full into the Order.

Since 2011, he headed has directed one of the order's own initiatives in Nicaragua. It was founded in 1955 by the Chilean Jesuit José Maria Velaz (1910 to 1985) in Venezuela. The movement is called Alegria y Fe. "Faith and Joy" is engaged, at least according to it's own report in "literacy" and "social and political awareness".

In the 1970s, Alegria y Fe became ideological and made ​​liberation theology its own. The 1974 movement was also active in Nicaragua. It maintains more than 1,000 schools and 53 radio stations in Latin America today.

On February 20, Fernando Cardenal died. Yesterday, in the ballroom of the Jesuit- led Central American University in Managua (Universidad Centroamericana, UCA), the Requiem took place . This was followed by burial.

Unlike his brother Ernesto, who opposed the social democratization of the FSLN resisted and the more radical, co-founded Movimento de Ronovacion Sandanista, the Movement of Sandinista Renovation (MRS), Fernando has not been politically active recently.

"May the Lord greet him with infinite mercy," said the Spanish columnist and opponent of liberation theology, Francisco Fernandez de la Cigoña.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi

Image: La Republica (Ecuador) (screenshots)

Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com

Link to Katholisches...

AMDG

13 comments:

MikeB said...

Santo subito!

Anonymous said...

The narrative never changes, does it? It's always a wealthy family that produces the Marxists, the ultra liberals that arrongantly want to change society in their image and likeness. Witness the moronic Cardinal Tagle of Manila---amid countless others. These selfish monsters, shielding themselves behind the poor of course, are exempt from the horror that their social engineering inevitably produces. RC

Anonymous said...

What year was he ordained?

Tancred said...

Ernesto himself was ordained in 1965.

Anonymous said...

There is a fundamental error in this report: Alegria y Fe is really "Fe y Alegria" and it is not an order but a network of schools. Whoever did the translation should correct it.

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Anonymous said...

The record of the Marxist Cardenal brothers speaks for itself; so do the suspension by the Vatican and the numerous Catholic figures who have denounced these two tratitors to the Faith. Marion

Anonymous said...

Users and abusers of the poor, these ideologues of Marxism. If they really cared for the poor they would have labored for a Catholic just economic system, not for the horror of Marxism---the engine for equal poverty, gulags, torture, and millions of executions and mass starvation. This is what these "apostles of the poor" really were working for, inspite of their ostensible Church's resounding condemnation of Marxism. Erasmus

Anonymous said...

http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=1618

the Sandinistas did not leave the native populations on the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua in peace. In Khmer Rouge style, they inflicted a ruthless, forcible relocation of thousands of Indians from their land. Like Stalin and Mao, the new regime used state-created famine as a weapon against these "enemies of the people." (...) The Sandinista army committed myriad atrocities against the Indian population, killing and imprisoning approximately 15,000 innocent people. The Sandinista crimes included not only mass murders of innocent natives themselves, but a calculated liquidation of their entire leadership (...)

The Sandinistas quickly distinguished themselves as one of the worst human rights abusers in Latin America, carrying out approximately 8,000 political executions within three years of the revolution. The number of "anti-revolutionary" Nicaraguans who disappeared while in Sandinista hands numbered in the thousands. By 1983, the number of political prisoners inside the new Marxist regime’s jails was estimated at 20,000. (...) This was the highest number of political prisoners in any nation in the hemisphere -- except, of course, in Castro’s Cuba. By 1986, a vicious and violent Sandinista “resettlement program” forced some 200,000 Nicaraguans into 145 “settlements” throughout the country. This monstrous social engineering program entailed the designation of “free-fire” zones in which Sandinista government troops shot and killed any peasant of their choosing. (...)

The Sandinista Gulag also institutionalized torture. Political prisoners in Sandinista jails, such as Las Tejas, were consistently beaten, deprived of sleep and given electric shocks. They were routinely denied food and water and kept in dark cubicles known as chiquitas (little ones), that had a surface area of less than one square meter. These cubicles were too small to sit up in, were completely dark, and had no sanitation and almost no ventilation. Prisoners were also forced to stand for long periods without bending their arms or legs; they were locked into steel hot boxes exposed to the full force of the tropical sun; their daughters or wives were sexually assaulted in front of them; and some prisoners were mutilated and skinned alive before being executed. One sadistic Sandinista practice was known as corte de cruz; this was a drawing-and-quartering technique in which the prisoner’s limbs were severed from the body, leaving him to bleed to death.

Tancred said...

Done

Anonymous said...

Someone should tell Pope Francis about these awful fellows that he seems to esteem so highly.

Anonymous said...

Francis not only knows these Communist revolutionaries much too well from long ago---he is one of them. How long can one indulge in naivete without committing a sin against prudence? Learn a bit of the history of this insane Jesuit and incompetent archbishop of Buenos Aires to understand why he loves to go to Cuba, accept a Hammer and Sickle "crucifix" from the Marxist Evo Morales of Bolivia, almost worship the masonic old goat editor of La Repubblica, beatify the Marxist rabble rouser Oscar Romero, and admire Central American Marxists in general. God did give us the senses to apprehend reality and a brain to understand it. Not to use these great gifts is ingratitude and perhaps a sin. Archimago

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