A Venezuelan bishop said Sunday that prominent figures in the government of Nicolas Maduro have asked for asylum from the Church in case the regime should fall.
Opposition leader Juan Guaidó called last week for protests against Maduro. Under Maduro's socialist administration, Venezuela has been marred by violence and social upheaval, with severe shortages and hyperinflation leading 3 million to emigrate.
“Some of the principal leaders of the government went to ask the bishops' conference for the right to asylum, if the government fell,” Bishop Mario del Valle Moronta Rodriguez of San Cristóbal de Venezuela said during a May 5 Mass.https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/government-figures-have-asked-church-for-asylum-venezuelan-bishop-says-16168
The key question is would a future government recognize the Church's right to give asylum?