Bulletin on the 15 TFPs, Vol. I – No. 8 – 1988,
Pleasantville, N.Y., page 5
Clergy Supports TFP Protest
In face of the virtual nationalization of
's banking system, the Peruvian Tradition, Family and Property Nucleus has campaigned to stem the gradual socialization of that Andean nation. Letters supporting the TFP's position have come from over 130 ecclesiastical figures, including three bishops. Peru
Prior to the approval of the law last fall, the Peruvian TFP published an appeal to President Alan Garcia Perez in the nation's largest newspapers asking that the bill be withdrawn. The two-page message titled A Frank and Respectful Statement on the Peruvian Situation: the Apprehensions, Desires and Hopes of the Country appeared in El Comercio and Expreso, both in
[ Lima 3-9-1987], as well as Diario Correo of [ Arequipa 6-9-1987]. Copies were also distributed during street campaigns in the country's major cities.
The TFP warns that this nationalization effort represents "the absorption of private functions by the state and the confiscation of private property," which would "mean the implanting of the collectivism foreseen by Marx in yet one more sector of Peruvian life."
The Peruvian TFP Nucleus received a letter of support for its initiative from the Most Reverend Otoniel Alcedo, bishop emeritus of Ayacucho and the Most Reverend Florencio Romani, bishop emeritus of Huancavelica. The TFP appeal and the bishops' letter, signed by 129 priests, were published together in the same newspapers.
Praising the appeal's analysis, the signatories affirmed that it is not only the banks that are being restricted, but all aspects of social life, "representing the gradual installation of collectivism and totalitarianism."
A similar letter arrived from the Most Reverend Oscar Alzamora R., who presented doctrinal and moral implications of the nationalization move.