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By:Eugene Girin | August 08, 2014

This week brought the unpleasant, but not surprising news that Pope Francis reinstated as priest one Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann (the latter is his mother's maiden name, added to his surname as customary in Spanish-speaking countries) who served as foreign minister for the Nicaraguan communists (the Sandinistas) from 1979 to 1990, later becoming president of the UN General Assembly. In 1984, John Paul II suspended the communist functionary from the priesthood. Currently, D'Escoto (one cannot force oneself to call this communist wretch a "priest" or refer to him as "Father") is director for border issues and international relations of the Government of the President of Nicaragua - his old Sandinista boss Daniel Ortega.

D'Escoto, belongs to the Maryknoll Order, which was traditionally dedicated to overseas missionary activity. One of its martyrs, Bishop Francis Xavier Ford was born and raised in Brooklyn and was murdered, after much torture, by the Chinese communists in 1953.

The Los Angeles-born and Nicaragua-raised D'Escoto took a decidedly different path in life than Bishop Ford. Pat Buchanan knows D'Escoto back from Columbia school of journalism and devoted a few paragraphs to the Sandinista in his Right from the Beginning:

That my old friend, Miguel D'Escoto, was a Communist at Columbia, I do not believe; that he became one, as Daniel Ortega's Foreign Minister and front man, I do not doubt. Either that, or he is a crass opportunist whose hatred of the United States has blinded him to his own betrayal of everything to which he dedicated his life when he took the vows of a Maryknoll priest. Today, a defrocked Miguel D'Escoto shills for a bogus and heretical little rump sect called the "Popular Church" of Nicaragua that is the creation of the Communist regime he has served for almost a decade . . . In Moscow in June of 1987, Miguel D'Escoto was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize, a rare first for the Maryknoll Order.

Unfortunately, D'Escoto was not defrocked and excommunicated, but merely suspended. Right after his reinstatement, D'Escoto publicly showed his true color, a communist red:

The Vatican may silence everyone, then God will make the stones speak, and may the stones spread his message, but He didn't do this, He chose the greatest Latin-American of all time: Fidel Castro . . . It is through Fidel Castro that the Holy Spirit sends us the message.



8/8/2014 03:35 PM

  Fidel Castro was excommunicated in 1949 by Pope Pius XII back when Catholics were forbidden from supporting communists. Once upon a time the Church taught that liberation theology confused ones neighbor with the abstract proletariat just as August Comte taught humanity was a reality while the individual an abstraction. The tradition once viewed the marxists class struggles as a : “a disastrous confusion between the poor of the Scripture and the proletariat of Marx. In this way they pervert the Christian meaning of the poor, and they transform the fight for the rights of the poor into a class fight within the ideological perspective of a class struggle.” Such as when libertarians strike out at the desperate by screaming “class envy” while the Marxisst scream back “ class oppression.” Justice and mercy have nothing to do with it wfor these damned fools. Many years ago certain aspects of the Church appealed to man’s intellect such as the mixed life of the Dominicans as reflected in the life of mendicant preachers and teachers like Thomas Aquinas, or the paintings of Fra Angelico --- the fruits of contemplation. Later the Jesuits emphasized the human will and good works as reflected in their Motto of sacrifice to become, “A Man for Others” . Today t’is all in pieces and the Church is mired in the shambles of emotion, emoting from time to time about popular political issues of the day, being nice and kneeling before Man alone.

Tom Piatak
8/8/2014 03:39 PM

  Miguel D'Escoto is not only an unrepentant Communist; he is an ingrate. He had appealed for mercy, asking Pope Francis to let a dying man say Mass again. And he repaid the Pope the odious paean to Fidel Castro that Mr. Girin describes.

8/8/2014 04:06 PM

  "He had appealed for mercy, asking Pope Francis to let a dying man say Mass again. And he repaid the Pope the odious paean to Fidel Castro that Mr. Girin describes." Are we sure that the current Pope does not agree with "Father" D'Escoto?

Eugene Girin
Forest Hills
8/8/2014 06:24 PM

  Robert, I do not think Castro was excommunicated, since he was never baptized (hence, his childhood nickname of "Judio" - "Jew"). In any case, the kid-glove treatment of the evil commie heretic D'Escoto makes one yearn for the days when the Church was not afraid to take, shall we say, strong measures, against such wretches.

8/8/2014 07:34 PM

  Eugene, She still takes strong positions against certain elements oppossed to what is simply popular and crass but still preferred today. I had always just assumed Castro was either an apostate or a heretic since I once read in the Washington Post that he was a deeply devout man of God and cared profoundly for his people... or words to that effect. But I will take your word for it.


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