Pope lifts suspension of priest who served as Sandinista foreign minister

Pope Francis has agreed to lift the suspension of Father Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, the Maryknoll priest who, in defiance of canon law, held political office, serving as Nicaragua’s foreign minister from 1979 to 1990.

Aug 06, 2014

VATICAN: Pope Francis has agreed to lift the suspension of Father Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, the Maryknoll priest who, in defiance of canon law, held political office, serving as Nicaragua’s foreign minister from 1979 to 1990.

The Los Angeles-born priest’s faculties were suspended in 1985 after he refused to give up his position in the leftist Sandinista regime. Now 81, the priest, who no longer holds political office, wrote a letter to Pope Francis expressing the desire to celebrate the Eucharist again before he dies.

“The Holy Father has given his benevolent assent that Father Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann be absolved from the canonical censure inflicted upon him, and entrusts him to the superior general of the institute (Maryknoll) for the purpose of accompanying him in the process of reintegration into the ministerial priesthood,” the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers said in a statement, as quoted by Catholic News Service.--CWN

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