LATIN AMERICA BRIEF - CHILE: CARDINAL SILVA INCREASE PRESSURE ON THE GOVERNMENT

Created: 4/16/1977

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KGY'S GftwulHt IIIlIVAhCL NaY BE CAUSING THE GOVERNMENT Tv HESITATE *UOUT TACIBc ANY Aiil/iTIwHAL WLWIESSTVE STEPS THAT MIGHT FURTHER ANTAGONIZE ITS

//cmillah pkesiueijf hinochet* REACTING IN AN UNCHARACTLHIiTICALL' tONC.Ll*TVKY ftANNLR* HAS uackep off FOR THE MOMENTF THE

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POLICIES THAT RECENTLY incited oivtek CONDEMHAVaON PilOTl

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The Catholic chukcii. the christian democratic party* labor leabeks.

i'KEss* and leading intellectuals- Pinochet is phobably conccrnlp

IIiAT HE HAD OVERSTEPPED HIMSELF BYERIES OF HAItSH

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URL'S aJWCATEDLOSE CIRCLE OF EXTREME RIGHTIST

//TOONFRONTATION with THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND

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PINOCHETENCHANT FOR STEPPING ON TOES* was in office FOK

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WVtKONTH- HE AROUSED THE WC Of THE CATHOLIC CHURCH'S HIIIkANCHY bV PUULICLY,F bISHOPS FOR THEIR STRONG CCNJURU OK wOClAL AND, POLITICAL CONDITIONS IN CHILC/^

IITLANO'S STATEMENTS APPEARED IN PRINTIDEPINOCHET HAD BEEN CAUTIOUSLY SEEKING TO AVOID FRICTION HUH THE OIUKIM. ETTER TO THE OFFENDED BISHOPS* THE PRESIDENT CLL-KLYTHL VIEtJ OF THE OUTSPOKEN MINISWf-/LB

//ALTHOUGH LEADERS OF THE JUNTA AND CHURCH HAVE GONE TO SOIIC LENGTHS TO KEEP THEIR DISPUTE FHOfl LEADINGHARP uREAK, THE CHURC* SELHS LIKELY TOORE BELLIGERENT ATTITUDE IN THi! I'uruKt. SO FARt THE MOST STRXKINfc EVIDENCE CF INCREASING STRIDENCY HAS nXH AN ATTACK OY THE CHURCH ON THE JUNTA FOR DISSOLVING CHILL'S itJMINlNb VtllOCRATIc! POLITICAL PARTIES LAST MOUTH- THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS VIRTUALLY THE ONLYRITICISM THAT HAS NOT Uc EHBY THC GOVERNMENT. M

DC Mr AN> MEMBERS OF THE JUNTA HAS NOT BEEP* RULED OUTAST

//DAY DAY OBSERVANCES PLANNED BY THE CHURCH AND CHRISTIAN

VLUOCtUttC LABOR LEADERS COULDLATFORM FOR THE EXPRESSION VI' ANTIGOVEKNMENT VIEWS- THE RELIGIOUS AND LADOR LEADERS MILL

PROCAIJLY BE CAREFUL* HOWEVER* TO REFRAIN FROM ANY ACTION THAT MIGHT

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