Catholic Church leaders in Venezuela said the “Our Father” Chavez prayer was idolatrous.
In leading “The Delegate’s Prayer,” as reported by RT and Catholic News Agency, Socialist Party representative Maria Uribe said to conference attendees on Sept. 1, “Our Chavez, who art in Heaven, the Earth, the sea, and we, delegates, hallowed be thy name. Thy legacy come, so we can spread it to people here and elsewhere. Give us this day light and guide us.”
“Lead us not into the temptation of capitalism; deliver us from the evil of oligarchy, like the crime of contraband, because ours is the homeland, peace, and life. Forever and ever. Amen. Viva Chavez!”
Catholic Church officials in Venezuela were not enthused about the praying of an adulterated version of the Christian “Our Father” prayer.
Such idolization of Chavez is standard practice for Marxists. Projecting the image of a leader with God-like powers, who could create a new world, and fostering a cult of personality has been practiced in every Marxist regime, including with Lenin and Stalin in the Soviet Union, in Mao’s China, in North Korea, Castro’s Cuba, Ho chi Minh in Vietnam, Pol Pot in Cambodia, and in other nations.
The USSR went so far in trying to deify its Marxist leaders that it artificially preserved their dead bodies and put them on public display – for decades – in imitation of the Catholic and Orthodox churches honoring of certain saints.