Religion: No in Nicaragua

Political priests defy the Pope

Last year Pope John Paul II let it be known that he did not want Roman Catholic priests to play active roles in politics. As a result, U.S. Congressman Robert Drinan, a Jesuit priest, had to forgo a run for a sixth term. But in Nicaragua, ever since the revolutionary Sandinista regime took office in 1979, four priests have held high government posts, and a dozen others serve as key advisers. The four highly placed priests are Foreign Minister Miguel D'Escoto, Social Welfare Minister Edgard Parrales, Culture Minister Ernesto...

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