Coffee: But at least the Chavistas had to shut down Mass to do that…

From Frances Martel at Breitbart,

The head of Venezuela’s opposition coalition in the legislature denounced the violent takeover of a Catholic Mass in late January by armed Chavista gangs known as colectivos, who forced those congregated to listen to a disparaging rant against the Catholic Church instead of prayer.

Jesús Torrealba, the secretary general of Venezuela’s Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), tweeted this week that colectivos stormed into Caracas’s San Pedro Claver Church on January 23 mid-Mass. “The violent government supporters closed the door, prevented the parishioners from leaving, and forced them to listen to a political speech,” Torrealba denounced on Twitter.

While the Vatican has not aided the Venezuelan opposition at its highest level — Pope Francis notably met with dictator Nicolás Maduro, but not the wives of his political prisoners — Venezuelan clergy have vocally opposed the growing infringement on human rights and dire economic situation Maduro’s policies have created. The Episcopal Conference loudly protested Maduro’s edict granting the military full control of the nation’s food supply, objecting to the socialist government’s “constant preaching of hate, criminalization and punishment of all dissidents.”More.

Reality check: Well, “constant preaching of hate, criminalization and punishment of all dissidents” is socialism in its mature form. The Church, sensing where it always leads sooner or later, used to oppose it.

In North America, anti-tradition socialist rants are part of the service at many churches today, and the technical term is “sermon.” 😉

See also: European churches leave their premises to Islam. And it is only fair.