Friday, July 10, 2009

Statement on Honduras from the Dominican Provincial for Central America

Another statement of solidarity from Fr. Alexis Páez Ovares, O.P., prior for the Dominican Province of Central America (Provincia San Vicente Ferrer) and Fr. Carlos Flores, O.P., their Peace and Justice coordinator. It's a bit long but here is a translation of the operative paragraphs:

16. We call on all religious and members of the Dominican Family in Central America to categorically reject, based on the principles stated here, the coup inflicted on the Honduran democratic institution and call for national and international support for the restoration of the same [the democratic institution] as soon as possible.

17. At the same time, we are called to express our solidarity with the neediest, the poorest and the most excluded people in Honduras, who are also those who have been most affected -- and sometimes even manipulated -- by critical situations like the present one.

They express agreement with the Honduran bishops on a couple of points: the need for dialogue between all sectors of society and the need to globalize solidarity as a way of helping to overcome injustice and inequality. And the Dominicans commit themselves to praying and working for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

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