“It’s complex,” Bermúdez said. “When I say complex, it’s because the feeling of popular opinion is that the pope not only delayed (in saying anything), but also didn’t say what people expected … it’s very complex, because it reminds us that in a certain way there is no concrete relationship” between the Holy See and the dictatorship.
The priest pointed out that in March the Ortega dictatorship expelled the apostolic nuncio, Archbishop Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag. “From that point on, there is no person officially representing the Holy See,” he said.
Furthermore, Bermúdez explained, “the pope recalled that the means, the mechanism that the Church always uses is dialogue; but here comes the painful part: dialogue is impossible. For what reason? The pope explained: there are no conditions, and what is the main condition, that there be human coexistence.”
The Nicaraguan priest in exile said that in the country “we don’t have coexistence” because…