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Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga: Profile of a Candidate for Pope

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Who is Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga?:

Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga was born on December 29, 1942, in Honduras.

Background and Early Life of Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga:

Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga has been president of CELAM, the powerful federation of Latin American bishops.

Current Status of Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga:

Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga is archbishop of Teguciagalpa, Honduras.

Theology of Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga:

Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga is generally regarded as a moderate. He has, for example, supported ecumenical movements in Honduras.

Assessment of Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga:

Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga is relatively young and, therefore, not in the forefront of Latin American cardinals who could be elected pope. Of course, being young didn’t stop John Paul II from being elected, but it is unlikely that the cardinals would want another 25-year pontificate.

Maradiaga is perhaps best known for his staunch defense of the poor and his criticisms of capitalism. Voting for Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga would mean voting to emphasize the importance of social justice, one of the Vatican’s top themes for the 21st century. Maradiaga once said “Justice will have to be the agenda for the 21st century in all the countries of Latin America. Many times justice comes only for people who are rich. The poor have no right to have justice.”

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