He has called for a national dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church as mediator. In 2005, Ortega and Murillo, his longtime partner, married in the Catholic Church in a ceremony presided over by Obando y Bravo. Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, who replaced Obando y Bravo in 2005, is considered more cautious, Gooren said. The next day Ortega canceled the social security overhaul and asked the Catholic Church to mediate a dialogue. Berntzen said he saw Ortega as “temporarily weakened.”“Since the Catholic Church is and remains a very respected institution, it appears the Catholic Church now perceives that the Ortegas need the Catholic Church more than the Catholic Church needs the Ortegas,” he said.
Source: Washington Post May 16, 2018 04:07 UTC