Do they know? — Silvio José Báez, O.C.D.

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”
Luke 23:34

Of course they know. What they don’t know is that they are destroying themselves and digging the grave of their own future.

Silvio José Báez, O.C.D.
Auxiliary Bishop of Managua
About our featured image

Pedro X. Molina is an award-winning Nicaraguan cartoonist and illustrator whose political cartoons are published on a daily basis by the independent Nicaraguan media outlet Confidencial.

In 2019, Molina received the Maria Moors Cabot Prize from the Columbia Journalism School for his career excellence and unique contributions to Inter-American understanding. In 2018, he received the Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award from Cartoonists Rights Network International.

In designing his cartoon of the day for August 1, Molina was inspired by the charred image of the crucified Christ, venerated under the title Sangre de Cristo, that was heavily damaged in a fire July 31 when a suspect threw a Molotov cocktail at the crucifix. The incident in the Sangre de Cristo Chapel of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Managua was a dagger in the hearts of the Catholic faithful and was covered by Catholic media worldwide.

Silvio José Báez, O.C.D., Auxiliary Bishop of Managua, shared a photo of the incinerated corpus with his followers in social media. You can see how it serves as the inspiration for Molina’s August 1 cartoon.

The caption in Molina’s cartoon reads:

humiliated,
tortured,
persecuted,
crucified,
outraged,
burned…
…but not demolished.

Where the traditional sign INRI appears at the top of the crucifix to identify Jesus as the victim of Roman persecution, Molina’s image identifies the victim as the suffering people of Nicaragua, repressed by the dictatorship: the map of Nicaragua hangs at the top of the cross.

When he published the image online in a tweet, he offered this comment:

The dictatorship wanted to destroy the Blood of Christ [crucifix] in order to demoralize parishioners and frighten the people in general. They failed. Thank God there were no deaths and the image, although affected by the horror, remained standing. This is what Nic[aragua] must do. They will be demolished.

We are deeply grateful to Pedro X. Molina for granting us permission to share his copyrighted image with our readers. You can view more of his award-winning artwork on his Facebook page.

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