WESTERN HEMISPERE BRIEF PINOCHET'S CHAGRIN AT PRONOUNCEMENT BY THE CATHOLIC CH

Created: 4/29/1974

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12- HILEi CHILEAN JUNTA PRESIDENT PINOCHET'S CHAGRIN tjAT THE RECENT PRONOUNCEHENT BY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH OH HUHAN

RIGHTS COULD LEAD TO RETALIATION AGAINST THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC

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j; PARTY, HHICH HC BLARES TOR THE CRITICAL TONE OF THEHE PARTY'S RADIO STATION COULD BE THE FIRST TO FEEL THC EFFECTS OF PINOCHET'S HRATH. THUS PAR THE STATION HAS RCFUSCD kll TO HEED WARNINGS AGAINST POLITICAL COMMENTARIES AND HAS CARRIED EXTENSIVE EXCERPTS FROM THE CHURCH'S

//RELATIONS BETWEEN THE JUNTA AND THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS ,AVE BEEN SLIDING DOWNHILL. RETALIATION AGAINST THE PARTY

WOULD ALSO DRIVE IT CLOSER TO OUTRIGHT OPPOSITION TO THE REGIME,

j WHICH IN TURN WOULD DEPRIVE THE JUNTA OF AN IMPORTANT POTENTIAL

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HE BISHOPS' DECLARATION, "RCCONSTRUCTION IN CHILE,"

!' ISSUED ON APRILCOMESERIOD OF INCREASING TENSION

ETWEEN THE CHURCH AND THC JUNTA. PISCCHETANGRY

ITH CARDINAL RAUL SILVA, THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH IN CHILE, IBUT

TILL WANTS 'TO [AVOID AN OPCN BREAK BETWEEN HIS REGIME ANDKit. | .

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