French Catholic group attacks Pope's legacy

3rd April 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 3 (AFP) - A left-wing French Catholic group called "We are also the church" (NSAE) struck a discordant note among the tributes to Pope John Paul II Sunday, accusing him of befriending dictatorships and colluding in economic and social oppression.

PARIS, April 3 (AFP) - A left-wing French Catholic group called "We are also the church" (NSAE) struck a discordant note among the tributes to Pope John Paul II Sunday, accusing him of befriending dictatorships and colluding in economic and social oppression.

Attacking his "total rejection of democracy" in the church, the group said that the Pope "knew how to exploit methods of mass communication, but he was completely out of touch with changes in values and in philosophical and scientific conceptions of life."

It accused him of "supporting, even giving his blessing to, Latin American dictatorships," and condemned "the Vatican's involvement in powerful - even Mafia-like - financial systems, and in financial and economic oppression".

"During his pontificate several prophets of today ... close to the people, elbow-to-elbow with them, have been muzzled, deprived of positions, banned - and replaced as models for the poor by a host of saints from yesterday and before yesterday," it said.

The NSAE claims 400 members and is close to the former bishop of Evreux Jacques Gaillot who was sacked by the Pope for his radical left-wing ideology.

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Subject: French News

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