The cathedral of Leon, Nicaragua was attacked during the Trinity Sunday Mass by supporters of the Daniel Ortega, President of the Republic, who blame the Church for its attitude in the crisis that shakes the country.
Fr. Victor Morales, spokesman for the cathedral, reported to Vatican News a detailed account of the events that took place on June 16, 2019. A group of civilians, supporters of Daniel Ortega, gathered in area around the outside of the building during the Sunday Mass and then started throwing stones at the faithful coming out of Mass.
Several people were injured in an atmosphere of chaos and tension that reached the very interior of the sanctuary. The Bishop of Leon, Bosco Vivas Robelo, had to call the police to allow the parishioners to leave the church and reach their homes safely.
Eyewitnesses reported the presence of numerous police in the vicinity, who witnessed the attack without actually intervening. The violence has been confirmed by local media as well as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).
On the same day, the main access routes to the cathedral in Managua, the capital, were occupied by anti-riot officers and police special forces, before a Mass celebrated in thanksgiving for the freeing of 56 political prisoners who had been released on June 11, 2019.
The opposition accuses Daniel Ortega and his wife and vice-president, Rosario Murillo, of having instituted a nepotist and corrupt dictatorship. They, in turn, see in their opponents the agents of a destabilization hatched with the complicity of the Catholic Church and Washington.
It must be admitted, however, that the attitude of the Church men in Nicaragua, at least some of them, looks more like a political opposition than an ecclesiastical ministry, and some reproaches of the government are not unfounded. Still, attacking a church by lashing out at the faithful remains an unjust attack on the dignity of the places.