Son of the Church: Bishop Silvio José Báez, O.C.D. says, “Yes” when called

Pope Francis told him, “I’m interested in having you here with me, I need you right now.”

Wednesday 10 April at the archdiocesan chancery offices in Managua, Cardinal  Leopoldo Brenes, Archbishop of Managua met with members of the press along with his Auxiliary Bishop, Silvio José Báez, O.C.D.

Cardinal Brenes, speaking off the cuff to open the press conference, explained that Bishop Báez would be leaving Nicaragua after Holy Week and Easter to go to Rome for an undetermined period. Báez, a Discalced Carmelite who was teaching in Rome when Pope Benedict XVI nominated him to return to his native Nicaragua as Auxiliary Bishop 9 April 2009, is no stranger to the Holy City. In October 2018 we published the exclusive translation of Bishop Silvio’s tribute to former Nicaraguan president Violetta Chamorro, Meeting With a Mother in Rome.

Readers of this Carmelite blog will recognize from our many publications that Bishop Silvio José is a passionate, prophetic voice in Nicaragua who embodies the spirit of the Holy Prophet Elijah, the Guide and Father of Carmelites.

Bishop Báez prefaced his remarks by reading at length from the Apostle Paul’s farewell address to the Elders of the Church at Ephesus, where Saint Paul speaks of “serving the Lord with all humility and with tears, enduring the trials that came to me through the plots of the Jews.” [Acts 20:19] A subtle reference is made here by the bishop to a June 2018 plot to assassinate him, along with the United States ambassador Laura Dogù — a foiled plot that recently was revealed by Ambassador Dogù in a university lecture.

Bishop Silvio José continued, explaining the reason for this announcement of his departure, which comes on the heels of a seemingly unforeseen trip to the Vatican April 1 – 8, including a private audience with Pope Francis in the Apostolic Palace April 4.

As Bishop Báez explained, Pope Francis told him, “I’m interested in having you here with me, I need you right now.”

Our thanks to the Nicaraguan daily La Prensa for bringing us these 15 most memorable quotes — truly, Carmelite quotes — from Bishop Báez’s press conference.

 

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Bishop Silvio José Báez, O.C.D. prefaces his remarks to the press conference with scripture

 

  • “I haven’t asked to leave — I’ve been called by the Holy Father”.
  • “I am not going to ignore Nicaragua from this moment on. I’ll continue faithfully living my vocation as bishop enlightened by the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
  • “Wherever I go I’ll also fly the blue and white flag of our country with pride and hope.”

“This decision of the Holy Father, which I have accepted with complete, loving obedience, has made my heart weep.”

  • “How can you forget the farmers, the mothers of the victims of repression, the youth who are persecuted and suffering, and those who are in prisons — I carry all of this in my heart.”

 

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Bishop Silvio José Báez, O.C.D. meets with members of grieving families in Managua, 13 October 2018

 

  • “The joy of having carried out this mission fills my heart with profound peace, although now I’m weeping with great sadness deep inside, to have to leave my native country and my people.”
  • “We’re not an army where we obey out of fear, where there are authorities above us who command in drastic and sometimes irrational ways. We are a fraternity united in faith.”
  • “The pope did not make one single reproof, not a single reproach, not one single correction. For me, it was Peter’s confirmation of his brother.”
  • “I was able to share many things; you all know how I see the reality of Nicaragua. I’ve given my opinion, my constructive criticism, and I made this point to the Holy Father about this year of pain and suffering — this people’s Via Crucis — whose anniversary we are about to mark on April 18.”

 

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You’ll find this and more quotes and articles by and about Bishop Silvio José Báez here

“In summary, I reminded him that this is a crucified people, that this is a country that has been hijacked, and that here there are de facto powers dominated by lies, injustice, repression, and ambition.”

 

  • “It’s not about saving the economy, it’s not about throwing a life jacket to the financial market, please — today’s golden calf, which is money, cannot take the place of the people.”
  • “I dream of a Church that is less diplomatic and fearful, and more prophetic and courageous in order to be a Church on the side of the discarded, of the last in line, of the voiceless, of the victims.”
  • “I dream of a church that doesn’t have worldly privileges, that is free in the face of power.”

 

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Since July 2018, Carmelite Quotes blog has been pleased and privileged to serve Bishop Silvio José Báez, O.C.D. as his English translator in social media

 

  • “In Nicaragua, there aren’t confrontations between two groups: what we have is an idolatrous group that sacrifices human beings and a crucified people.”
  • “Unfortunately, they worship the god of wealth, the god of money, and they sacrifice human beings for it. This is the reality of Nicaragua.”

 

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The Holy Spirit inspired Saint Teresa, who watches over the bishop in his personal study

 

We invite our readers to join us in prayer for the success of Bishop Silvio José’s new mission with our Holy Father Pope Francis in Rome. Bishop Báez, thank you for being a faithful son of Our Holy Mother Saint Teresa whose parting words were, “I am a daughter of the Church.”

 

Monseñor Silvio Báez: “Tomar la justicia por sus propias manos, eso es aumentar la espiral de la violencia” — Obrera de la Tecla

Un llamado a la población a no tomarse la justicia por sus propias manos, hizo este domingo el obispo auxiliar de Managua, monseñor Silvio Báez, tras los incidentes derivados de la represión el sábado por la tarde en Metrocentro, cuando un fanático orteguista fue golpeado por manifestantes cuando lo desarmaron. La entrada Monseñor Silvio Báez:…

via Monseñor Silvio Báez: “Tomar la justicia por sus propias manos, eso es aumentar la espiral de la violencia” — Obrera de la Tecla

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Monseñor Silvio José Báez, O.C.D. predicando a los fieles en la parroquia San José de Sabana Grande, 31 de marzo de 2019 | Photo: Emiliano Chamorro / LaPrensa  
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“Hence when the divine light of contemplation strikes a soul not yet entirely illumined, it causes spiritual darkness, for it not only surpasses the act of natural understanding but it also deprives the soul of this act and darkens it.” (St. John of the Cross, The Dark Night II:5)
“They became frightened when they entered the cloud” (Luke 9:34)

ROME – Almost a year since a political and social crisis exploded in Nicaragua, the government and opposition forces along with the local Catholic bishops are still trying to figure out how to sit down to work out a negotiated settlement.

President Daniel Ortega appears determined to remain in power, as he, together with his wife and Vice President Rosario Murillo, were reelected in 2016 to lead the country until 2021.

Yet after a student-led revolt that began in April 2018, both the opposition and the hierarchy of the Catholic Church have called for a series of measures that go from putting an end to violent repression to Ortega calling for early elections.

An earlier attempt at dialogue failed last May-June, and efforts recommenced with the new year.

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Bishop Silvio José Báez, O.C.D. addresses the March 3, 2019 session of the symposium celebrating the 75th anniversary of Religious Life Review (Vida Religiosa) in Madrid, Spain. The topic of his conference was “In Internal and External Conflicts, Mediation and Reconciliation”.

Bishop Silvio Jose Baez, auxiliary of Managua, will stay out of the dialogue efforts this time around, at least officially. He rose last year as a strong voice against the Ortega, often going to Twitter to denounce the repression against protesters. He’s currently in Madrid, where he spoke on Sunday at a conference for the 75th anniversary of the magazine [Vida Religiosa].

During his talk, available on YouTube, Baez said he comes from a country with a “very conflictive history, marked by caudillismo, corruption, electoral fraud. We go from conflict to conflict.”

Yet, he said, Nicaragua is once again trying to find a “peaceful and dialogic solution to the conflict. It’s the hardest one, but the only one that can guarantee…”

Read more from Ines San Martin on CRUX

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Roberto Clemente Walker (Carolina; 18 de agosto de 1934 – San Juan; 31 de diciembre de 1972) fue un beisbolista puertorriqueño de las Grandes Ligas de los Estados Unidos. Ganó dos Series Mundiales con el equipo para el que jugó su vida profesional: los Pittsburgh Pirates. Ha sido considerado uno de los mejores jardineros derechos de la historia, opinión que se consolida con los doce Guantes de Oro de los que se hizo acreedor en su carrera. También fue un notable bateador que obtuvo cuatro títulos individuales y que llegó además a la cifra de 3,000 hits. Clemente fue quizá el jugador más dominante de la década de los años 1960 en la gran carpa, a pesar de ser elegido solamente una vez como Jugador Más Valioso de la Liga Nacional en el año de 1966. Aparte de su labor en el campo de juego, este pelotero tuvo una meritoria labor en la defensa de la imagen de los jugadores latinoamericanos y la educación deportiva de la juventud de su país. Y fue, debido a este interés en el prójimo, lo que provocó su muerte al llevar un cargamento de ayuda para las víctimas del Terremoto de Managua de 1972. [Fuente: Wikipedia] | ‘Roberto Clemente’ (2017) by Reynerio Tamayo | Ron Cogswell/Flickr

The Nica-News Roundup: Eve of Negotiation Edition (UPDATED) — Dr. Minúscula

An introductory note from Elijah’s Breeze: As our blog followers know Bishop Silvio José Báez has been involved in previous sessions of Nicaragua’s National Dialogue. This time, he is excluded from the dialogue table. His prayer for the negotiations is this: “May there be a renunciation of personal and ideological interests; may concerns about money never be placed ahead of human rights. That everything may be transparent, with all political prisoners freed and with public freedoms restored.”

In this edition: OrMu Administration Mostly Tight Lipped About Negotiations, except for pleasantries; Alianza Hints OAS and UN as Guarantors for Negotiation; OrMu Cops go After Jose Pallais; Young Man who Participated in Protests Found Murdered in Managua; Political Prisoners Shouldn’t be Pawns. Could Some be Released?; FIDH Plans Pickets at Nicaraguan Embassies; AUTHOR’S NOTE:…

via The Nica-News Roundup: Eve of Negotiation Edition (UPDATED) — Dr. Minúscula

UPDATE: Here is What we Know About the OrMu-Alianza Negotiations. — Dr. Minúscula

Regular readers of our blog will recognize the name of Bishop Silvio Baez, our Discalced Carmelite confrere who is the Auxiliary Bishop of Managua. Let us pray for these negotiations in Nicaragua, that true justice and lasting peace may dwell in the hearts and homes of the people.

Yesterday, Daniel Ortega announced the start of negotiations between his administration and the Alianza Civica por la Justicia y la Democracia. This new round begins on February 27. Details about the negotiations have been trickling out since the official announcement. Here is what we know so far: The Alianza’s team: Business Interest Appropriately Represented The Alianza…

via UPDATE: Here is What we Know About the OrMu-Alianza Negotiations. — Dr. Minúscula

LAFISE’S Roberto Zamora Says Dialogue Starts Soon — Dr. Minúscula

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Special Meeting of the OAS Permanent Council, November 20, 2013 | Juan Manuel Herrera/OAS

Roberto Zamora, president of the Lafise financial group, is in Madrid on business. He granted an interview to EFE press agency, in which he spoke about the ongoing crisis in Nicaragua, its economic and financial ramifications, and the need for a dialogue. Zamora is one of the five Nicaraguan businessmen who met with OrMu over the weekend. The Catholic Church, represented by Cardinal Brenes and Apostolic Nuncio Somertag, was also present.

Zamora told EFE that the “dialogue starts tomorrow…”

via LAFISE’S Roberto Zamora Says Dialogue Starts Soon — Dr. Minúscula

OrMu Announces “Talks”; Nica Tweeter Reacts — Dr. Minúscula

Dr. Minúscula covers the unfolding drama in Nicaragua from the perspective of an academic and as a native of Nicaragua. We share the professor’s insights to help our readers understand the current events in this nation where Bishop Silvio José Báez, O.C.D. serves as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Managua.

On the evening of February 16, Daniel Ortega’s administration released a press statement announcing a meeting with “representative members of the private sector”. Also in attendance were Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, archbishop of Managua, and Mons. Waldemar Sommertag, Vatican Ambassador to Nicaragua, who came as “guests”. It might be a new attempt at a National Dialogue,…

via OrMu Announces “Talks”; Nica Tweeter Reacts — Dr. Minúscula

European Parliament Delegates Visit Nicaragua: A Story in Tweets and Videos (Part 1) — Dr. Minúscula

Members of the European Parliament visit La Esperanza Women’s Prison, Tipitapa, Nicaragua (Jan 2019) When a delegation from the European Parliament approached Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo (OrMu) for permission to visit Nicaragua, the two co-dictators said no because some of the members of the delegation had said uttered “threatening or disrespectful statements” against OrMu.…

via European Parliament Delegates Visit Nicaragua: A Story in Tweets and Videos (Part 1) — Dr. Minúscula

Denis Moncada’s Friday at the OAS — Dr. Minúscula

Note from Elijah’s Breeze: From time to time we share images and quotes from Bishop Silvio José Báez, O.C.D., the Discalced Carmelite friar who is the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Managua, Nicaragua. Agenzia Fides, Crux, and other Catholic news services continue to report on the unfolding drama in that troubled nation as the Church and Catholic laity are violently oppressed. Blogger Dr. Minuscula offers great insight into the situation, particularly from her academic background as a university professor.

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States took the first step towards the application of the OAS Democratic Charter this morning. The PC met today at the request of Secretary General Luis Almagro, who invoked Article 20 of the Democratic Charter. Article 20 states that when the constitutional order in a member state…

via Denis Moncada’s Friday at the OAS — Dr. Minúscula

Está claro que esta Navidad será muy triste para muchas familias en Nicaragua. Para los más de 600 presos políticos, para las madres que han perdido a sus hijos, para las familias que han sido divididas por el exilio o la cárcel o el asesinato, para los médicos, periodistas y maestros que han quedado sin trabajo por no pensar como el régimen, para los empresarios cuyas gasolineras han sido cerradas, y también para mí porque todos ellos son mi gente mis amigos y mi país. Hoy nos ha tocado vivir algo de lo que en muchas partes del mundo llevan años sufriendo. Déjame contarte algo.

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Excerpt from a homily for the Third Sunday in Advent by Auxiliary Bishop Silvio José Báez, O.C.D. of the Archdiocese of Managua, Nicaragua

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