Nicaraguans Denounce Pope’s Silence as Radio Stations Close

August 5, 2022

Breitbart News reports that Nicaraguan Catholics are upset with socialist Pope Francis for remaining silent as the oppressive Communist regime of dictator Daniel Ortega shuts down Catholic radio stations and sends goon squads to harass protesters.

The U.S. State Department on Wednesday denounced the Ortega regime for ordering six radio stations belonging to the Roman Catholic Church to shut down, bringing the total number of Catholic radio stations silenced to eight.

“Ortega-Murillo’s brutal assault on Catholic clergy, radio facilities and community members in Sebaco is another blow to religious freedom in Nicaragua as well as to the freedom of expression. How can men and women in uniform – many of them people of faith – carry out such orders?” said Undersecretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Brian A. Nichols, referring to Ortega and his vice president and wife, Rosario Murillo.

Infobae on Wednesday reported growing unhappiness among Nicaraguans with the lack of response from the Vatican and Pope Francis to Ortega’s war on Catholic radio.

“I do not understand how Pope Francis can remain silent in the face of attacks on the most beloved priests of Nicaraguans, how it is possible that he does not see a person of the highest power who, daily, uses the name of God in vain and preaches love while sowing hatred,” Nicaraguan writer Gioconda Belli remarked in May.

Agustin Antonetti, director of a non-governmental organization called Latin America Watch, complained on Thursday that “Pope Francis’ silence on what’s going on in Nicaragua is scandalous. Daniel Ortega’s dictatorship is taking the churches by force, they have shut down all their channels and radios, even one priest is in jail, and the rest are afraid of being kidnapped.”