"We are familiar with the personification of the new man as Che Guevara, but thanks mainly to Nicaragua’s minister of culture [Fr. Ernesto Cardenal] the new man [was] also publicly equated with Jesus Christ—still the most revered example of love and sacrifice for the world’s poor and most oppressed. During Christmas 1980, posters in the Nicaraguan capital celebrated the birth of the new man, picturing the Christ child in a manger with the Virgin Mary protected by Sandinista armed guards!"
— Donald C. Hodges, Intellectual Foundations of the Nicaraguan Revolution, p. 261
"There is a contradiction, an unresolvable difference between a dogmatic priest and a dogmatic Marxist. They are irreconcilable. But between a post-Vatican II priest and a Marxist who vitally lives the reality of Central American history, there is no barrier, no ‘Church as opiate of the people’; there is rather the Church as a catalyst, a spur to the people. In America, in the realm of action, there is no contradiction whatsoever."
-Fernando Cardenal. Jesuit priest and poet, former Minister of Education for the Sandinista government of Nicaragua, younger brother to the more famous Ernesto Cardenal.
Interesting food for thought. I took this out David Gullette’s book ¡Gaspar! A Spanish Poet/Priest in the Nicaraguan Revolution, but unfortunately I can’t find an original source for the quote.