In Puerto Rico, the three Catholic bishops announced that any Catholics who vote for the PPD are committing a sin, and may be ex-communicated.
The three bishops – Archbishop James P. Davis of San Juan, Bishop James E. McManus of Ponce, and Luis Aponte Martinez, titular bishop of Lares – issued a burning denunciation of the PPD.
This did not happen today. It happened on October 29, 1960, on the tenth anniversary of the Nationalist Revolution of October 1950. Pedro Albizu Campos was still suffering in prison, Luis Muñoz Marín was still the governor…and the Catholic bishops of Puerto Rico could not stomach the hypocrisy of it all.
Here is what they said:
“It is not licit for Catholics to favor with their votes the establishment and spread of a morality without God.”
“Any Catholic preaching or publicly supporting the Popular Democratic Party’s program, with its heretical content, not only commits sin but also can be excommunicated.”
Although this happened 55 years ago, here is where we are today: Just three weeks ago, on August 31, the Archbishop of San Juan, four more Catholic bishops, and thirteen more Christian leaders sent a letter to the US Federal Reserve, essentially pleading for their intervention with the $73 billion debt of Puerto Rico.
The eighteen Christian leaders are responding to a crisis in which the PPD is greatly responsible: the mismanagement and, in many instances, the outright theft of the Puerto Rican economy.
The Bishops should take the additional step taken in 1960, and denounce the politicians that are sinking Puerto Rico into the ocean.
Maybe these politicians should be ex-communicated, for selling off pieces of the island (the water supply, electricity, highways) in so-called “public-private partnerships.”
Something needs to happen, and quickly.
There is not much time left.