Nicol Cardinal L Nicol Cardinal L
Archbishop of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Cardinal Priest of S Pio X alla Balduina
Oct 31, 1936
Dominican Republic
Jun 28, 1991
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English Cardinal Lopez tells close ally of the ex-president to shut up
Feb 22, 2006
Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez yesterday reiterated his right to issue an opinion on a the Plan Renove case and told the ex- Interior and Police minister Pedro Franco Badía to shut up.

(Dominican Today, February, 18, 2006) SANTO DOMINGO.- Lopez Rodriguez was asked about Franco Badía’s declarations criticizing the catholic prelate in relation to the verdict clearing the Plan Renove defendants.

"Nothing of that, I said my position and have the right to do so concerning anyone. It does not interest me anything that doctor Franco Badía says about my person, because have the right to speak, I am Dominican, disregarding rank or position for giving my opinion, I have said it and I maintain that I did not like it and I consider as a mockery to the Dominican people the sentence that has been given with relation to the case of Plan Renove and I urge doctor Franco Badía to shut up and period," the catholic prelate said.

Lopez Rodriguez made his statements after concluding a mass marking the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the missionaries of the Sacred Heart, which awarded him a plaque in recognition of his support.

Franco Badia, one of ex-president Hipolito Mejia’s closest collaborators, also drew fire from various sectors after he also warned the chief justice of the Supreme Court that his party, the opposition PRD, could intervene to have him removed from the high court’s bench.
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