July 14 2010 (Bloomberg)
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ordered a review of ties with the Roman Catholic Church after his policies were criticized by church leaders in recent weeks.
Chavez called local officials led by Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino “troglodytes, cavemen and fascists.” He said that the Catholic Church acts as if it has special privileges in the country, and called on the Foreign Ministry to review agreements with the church and to contact the Vatican.
“With all due respect to the Vatican and pope, you’re not an ambassador of Christ, Christ doesn’t need an ambassador,” Chavez said today on state television. “The bishops and cardinals think they are above the state -- come down from that cloud, cavemen.”
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