LATIN AMERICA BRIEF - CHILE: THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HAS ISSUED ITS TOUGHEST CRITIC

Created: 4/11/1977

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AMERICA BRIEF

CHILE' THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HAS ISSUED ITS TOUGHEST CRITICISM YET ON THE JUNTA. CONDEMNING NOT ONLY THE RECENT BAN ON ALL HERAINING POLITICAL PARTIES, BUT ALSOARIETY OFPOLICIES AND ATTITUDES^

THE BLAST UAS LEVELEDENGTHY NEWSPAPER ANNOUNCEMENT SPONSORED BY THE PERMANENT COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL Or BISHOPS- THE BISHOPS EXAMINED SUCH AREAS AS MISSING PERSONS, THE ROLE OF POLITICAL PARTIES, FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, AND THE GENERAL ECONOMIC SITUATION-ON ALL ISSUES THE CLERGYMEN MINCED NO WORDS IN EXPRESSING THEI* DISSATISFACTION WITH THE WAY THC PINOCHET GOVERNMENT HAS PROCEEDED-

THC CHURCHMEN SAVED THEIR STRONGEST LANGUAGE FOR THE SECTION ON THE CONSTITUTION AND THE LAV. THE CLERICS BELIEVE "THERE WILL NOT BE FULL GUARANTEES OF RESPECTUMAN RIGHTS AS LONG AS THE COUNTRY HAS NO CONSTITUTION, OLD OR NEK,

AND RATIFIED BY POPULAR SUFFRAGE* WHILE LAWS ARE NOT MADE BY 'LEGITIMATE REPRESENTATIVES Or THE CITIZCNRYl AND WHILE ALLORGANS, FROM THE HIGHEST TO THE LOUEST, ARE NOT SUBJECT TO THE

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