Dominican Republic: The Church Bends

After 30 years of collaborating with Dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, the Dominican Republic's Roman Catholic hierarchy broke sharply with the strong-man last year. In a pastoral letter signed by all six of the country's bishops in January, the church called clearly and unequivocally for "freedom of conscience, press and assembly," for a climate of liberty, for an end to "anonymous denunciations." Last week the news filtered up from the Byzantine depths of Trujillo's country that the church had been forced to bend to the dictator again.

Pridefully, Trujillo's radio station La Voz...

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