COLOMBIA: Rebuke from the Church

A thunderclap of ecclesiastical anger cracked last week around the ears of Gustavo Rojas Pinilla, Colombia's Roman Catholic President. It was set off by the Lenten pastoral letter of Crisanto Cardinal Luque, couched in the measured terms of churchly tradition, yet unmistakably a cry of cold indignation against the recent bull ring massacre (TIME, Feb. 20) in which Rojas' political opponents were maimed and killed by government thugs for having booed his daughter at the bullfights the week before.

Cardinal Luque referred to the riot as "those unspeakable happenings that merit all our reprobation because of...