Saturday, September 7, 2013

Second Madagascar Archbishop criticizes Catholic Relief Services: full transcript

by The Editors

See Part I in this series, Interview with Archbishop Désiré Tsarahazana

Editor’s Note: Population Research Institute has released a full 119-page report of their extensive investigation on Catholic Relief Services’ actions in Madagascar.  We are publishing here the transcript of an on-the-record taped interview that comprises part of that report. PRI president Steven Mosher told LifeSiteNews that the reason for having to publicly divulge the full report was that CRS has issued denials rather than acknowledging the facts.

A PRI investigator conducted this interview with Archbishop Odon Razanakolona of Antananarivo on Dec. 3, 2012. PRI released excerpts of this interview on Aug. 1, 2013 In an Aug. 5 press release, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said Archbishop Odon expressed “strong support” for CRS, but included no direct quotes. We are publishing this transcript because we believe the Archbishop’s words deserve a full hearing.

Interview with Archbishop Odon Razanakolona
Catholic Archbishop of Antananarivo
In the Archbishop’s Office at the Diocesan Center
December 3, 2012

Mgr. Odon has been archbishop of the capital city of Antananarivo since 2006.  There is a high likelihood that, like his predecessors in that seat, he will soon be named a cardinal.  As a member and sometime head of a group of national religious leaders formed to advise on or assist in an exit from Madagascar’s current political crisis, he has taken – or had forced upon him – a relatively high-profile position in the country’s political affairs.

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