The Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic has clashed with the Jesuits, hitting out at a prominent priest who defended the right of Haitians born in the DR to claim nationality, reports The Tablet.
Cardinal Nicolás López Rodríguez has said that a court ruling last year preventing the descendants of Haitians from continuing to claim citizenship must be respected. Thousands of Haitians cross the border illegally into DR, Haiti’s wealthy neighbour, in search of work.
The Cardinal called on the Jesuits to stop supporting Fr Mario Serrano, who runs the Bonó Centre, which works with impoverished Haitians and is at the forefront of support for the right to citizenship of those born in DR.
Cardinal Lopez was videoed at a Mass in January during which he appeared to lose his temper, calling Fr Serrano a left-wing 'reprobate' who must be brought under control.
'I must be respected in this country but this person seems to think he’s the Pope,' he shouted. Addressing the Jesuit superior in DR, he added: 'Tell him to shut up and that’s it.'
The video appeared on Youtube recently.
FULL STORY Cardinal in Dominican Republic hits out at leading Jesuit (The Tablet)