Venezuela: Bishops Oppose ‘Totalitarian’ Military Takeover of Food Supply

In this March 8, 2016 photo, Bolivarian Army soldiers tend to tomato plants at a military base near Maracay, Venezuela. Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Monday night said he was creating a new government initiative to boost production and guarantee the smooth distribution of food supplies in the face of what he called economic sabotage by his opponents. He said the Great Mission of Sovereign Supply will be headed by Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, who will coordinate the work of every ministry. Among its goals will be to wean oil-dependent Venezuela off foreign food imports and jumpstart agricultural production that has suffered for years under price controls. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
The Venezuelan Episcopal Conference, the organization of the nation’s Catholic bishops, has issued a scathing statement condemning socialist president Nicolás Maduro for giving the military full control of the nation’s food supply, accusing him of being at the helm of a devastating “moral crisis” crippling every aspect of life in Venezuela.