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Los Angeles Times, January 25, 2011
Guerilla Bishop exits the stage
The revolutionary and progressivist media has lost no opportunity to trumpet Bishop Samuel Ruiz of San Cristobal in Chiapas, Mexico, above, who died January 24, 2011. He has been presented as a man of the poor and turned only toward helping the little people in a way that naturally raises sympathy. The reality is, however, not so lyrical.
Named Bishop in 1960 of that State populated by Mayan descendants, he attended all the sessions of the Council (1962-1965) and later the Conference of Medellin (1968), the first landmark for Liberation Theology (LT). Inspired by Vatican II's inculturation and by LT, Ruiz established a network of “lay ministers to spread the word of God” in Chiapas.
As a matter of fact, what he formed was a network of Marxist agitators preaching social struggle among the Indians against the legitimate farmers of the area. No doubt social injustice exists in Chiapas, as everywhere else in this world, and should be combated. But, as so often happens, injustices are exaggerated and at times carefully maintained as an important element for expanding Communism.
One of the results of Ruiz’ network was the rise of the Zapatista Liberation National Army (ZLNA) among the Indians in Chiapas. The ZLNA is a Communist armed movement that took over many cities of the area. Counter-attacked by military forces, many guerillas died and were soon being publicly mourned by Bishop Ruiz as martyrs.
The masked leader of the ZLNA, Commandant Marcos, who appears above carrying Bishop Ruiz’ bag as they leave one of their guerilla meetings in the forest, could be a priest, according to press speculations. These assumptions are made based on the clever rhetoric, superior culture and command of several languages Marcos demonstrates in his public interviews. As in many other Latin American countries, it is Liberation Theology - largely supported by the local Catholic Hierarchy - that is promoting Communism.
Bishop Samuel Ruiz exited the stage of earthly life where he played a leading role in the expansion of Communism. An appropriate symbol of his legacy could be seen at his funeral Mass: A group of attending peasants brandished machetes emblazoned with Ruiz’ name to signify that his struggle against the farmers and landowners of the area will continue.
Considering that Ruiz received many death threats, perhaps his so-called “life for the poor” will soon put him on the fast track for sainthood, like Bishop Oscar Romero from El Salvador, another proponent of Liberation Theology and Communism.
Below, Bishop Ruiz with fellow guerillas at an inland gathering in Chiapas .
Posted February 27, 2011
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