Guatemala THREATS AGAINST CLERGY HOLD UP MURDERED BISHOP INVESTIGATION

   

Some priests are continuing to receive threats designed to block the search for truth in the 1998 murder of Auxiliary Bishop and human rights defender Juan Gerardi.
    Bishop Rodolfo Mendoza described a threat to the Archdiocesan Human Rights Office Director as "a savage, cowardly act that strikes once again at the church and provokes intimidation."
    Last Friday, gunmen left a stone in Ochaeta's home, similar to the one which killed Bishop Gerardi. Such an act, Archbishop Penados said, "has a macabre message."
    The Metropolitan Archbishop also referred to the threats he, himself, has received, both by phone and in anonymous letters, stating that his "days are numbered." These are acts which will have no effect," the Archbishop said.
    Next Tuesday marks the first anniversary of Bishop Gerardi's death. After almost a year of investigations, the results are very unsatisfactory. "As nothing has been found out since his death, one would think that it happened yesterday. Moreover, there continue to be no witnesses, the Archbishop added.
    But, in spite of the intimidation the Catholic Church receives, she will continue to distribute the Report on the 'Recovery of the Historical Memory,' to prove that Bishop Gerardi's work has not yet finished.

12:13pm 20/4/99 / Zenit
 
 


  
  


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