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BOLET, Francisco José  y  BARRERA, Luis. Venezuelan Catholic Church and Government in public diatribe: Discoursive strategies of power, self-defense and attack. Rev. signos [online]. 2004, vol.37, n.56, pp.7-21. ISSN 0718-0934.

Within the context of the current Venezuelan crisis, this article aims to examine the discursive strategies used by speakers in verbal exchanges carried out by the Catholic Church and the Venezuelan Executive Power during 1999. The article is based on the use of the narrative chronicle as a rhetorical strategy and Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) as theoretical-methodological tool. From the analysis made to official discourses, opinion articles and press reports published that year in Venezuelan newspapers like El Nacional, it could be seen that while the Catholic Ecclesiastical Hierarchy centered its linguistic action on self-defense and deslegitimation of President Hugo Chávez and his political process; Chávez, using all his power, based his discourse in the restoration of the social order and deslegitimation of the Catholic Church as an institution that had assumed political functions. It was also observed that whenever each speaker tried to disqualify the opponent and to hinder the respective possibility of expression and influence, a tenacious fight took place in order to maintain preeminent control of the public word, for the sake of their own beliefs and power relationships.

Palabras clave : discourse; church; Venezuelan government; conflict.

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