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La visita de los curas

Received via email, below is a great piece written by Frank Rodriguez titled "La visita de los curas" (The visit by the priests). It does a wonderful job of putting the current conversations regarding Cuba into the correct context.

It is most effective in Spanish, but a quick translation into English that I did is available below the fold.

La visita de los curas por Frank Rodríguez 6.27.10

Hace muchos años dos despiadados criminales entraron a una casa tocando la puerta como vendedores de seguros y procedieron a robarse todo cuanto había en la casa, torturaron a varios de los residentes, asesinaron a otros y se llevaron de rehenes a otros tantos de la familia.

Los devastados familiares que se escaparon de la casa se mudaron a otra ciudad y pasaron años de años entre tratar de dejar de pensar en lo ocurrido y recordarlo en frecuentes pesadillas.

Recientemente, unos curas tocaron el timbre de la casa. A esta familia que le toquen a la puerta lógicamente la pone nerviosa, pero confiaron en los curas, que aunque ya no vistiendo sotana como la última vez que los habían visto, que siempre habían sido muy buenos con ella.

La visita de los curas era para decirles que los dos asesinos de su familia deseaban una reconciliación con ellos.

La familia, sorprendida desde luego, pero muy cristiana, les preguntó a los curas que si los asesinos habían cumplido prisión todos estos años y sólo recién habrían salido de prisión.

Pero los curas le dijeron que no. Sorprendida la familia, les preguntó que qué habían hecho estos dos asesinos todo este tiempo. Los curas le dijeron que habían seguido su carrera de robo y asesinato.

Entonces, con cada vez más asombro, la familia preguntó que dónde estaban sus familiares que estos dos bandidos habían secuestrado. Los curas le dijeron que los tenían en una jaula en su casa.

La familia se quedó totalmente angustiada y anonadada con estas noticias y le preguntó a los curas que cómo era posible que estos dos asesinos quisieran reconciliarse con ellos.

Los curas le dijeron que es que los dos asesinos y ladrones tenían un negocio de representación de artistas y músicos y deseaban que la familia contratara sus representados en las frecuentes fiestas que daba la familia.

La familia se enojó con los curas y los curas culparon a la familia llamándola “intolerante”.

En 1959, dos ladrones y asesinos, de nombre Fidel y Raúl Castro entraron al poder en Cuba como vendedores de democracia y procedieron a confiscar toda la propiedad privada del país sin compensación alguna. A los que se les opusieron los torturaron, asesinaron o metieron en prisión por años de años y más de 200 están en prisión hoy.

Algunos cubanos lograron escapar de su país y se fueron a vivir en Miami y otros lados, esforzándose a la vez por olvidar y no olvidar lo ocurrido.

La Iglesia Católica presenta el problema de Cuba como uno de reconciliación nacional y no de víctimas y victimarios como lo hace Guillermo Fariñas a pesar de que el Cardenal Ortega fue víctima y sigue siéndolo, aunque padece del síndrome de estoeselcolmo.

El exilio cubano, muy cristiano, pide justicia y a la vez envía ayuda a sus familiares que quedaron atrás en la jaula. El exilio le dice a la Iglesia que está presto a perdonar, suponiendo que los hermanos Castro están arrepentidos. Pero la respuesta es que no, que siguen en el mismo negocio, el de vender presos y alquilar parientes.

Y muchos en el mundo se asombran de que los exiliados cubanos no quieran pagar por ir a ver a artistas y músicos del régimen que vengan a contentarnos la vida con sus ritmos y melodías. Nos llaman intolerantes. Pero es intolerable aguantar más.

The visit by the priests — by Frank Rodriguez 6.27.10

Many years ago, two ruthless criminals posing as insurance salesmen knocked on a family’s door, entered the house, and proceeded to steal everything in their home. They tortured several of the residents, assassinated some of them, and took other family members who lived in the house hostage.

The devastated family members that were able to escape the house moved to another city and spent years trying to forget what had happened and dealing with the frequent nightmares that reminded them of those events.

Recently, some priests rang the doorbell of their house. Naturally, any knock on their door made this family nervous, but they trusted the priests and even though they were not wearing the cassocks they wore the last time they saw them, they had always been very kind to them.

The reason behind the priests’ visit was to tell them that the two assassins who had attacked their family wanted to reconcile with them.

The family, who was obviously surprised but very Christian, asked the priest if the during all these years the assassins had served time in prison and had just recently been released.

The priests responded, however, that that was not the case. Surprised, the family asked the priests what these assassins had been doing all this time. The priests replied they had continued a career of theft and assassinations. Then, even more surprised now, the family asked where their family members who had been kidnapped and held hostage were. The priests answered that their family members were being held in a cage at the assassins’ home.

The news left the family completely anguished and astounded and they asked the priests how it was possible that these two assassins would want to reconcile with them. The priests told them that the two assassins and thieves had a business where they represented artists and musicians and they wanted the family to hire them for the many parties that they had at the house.

The family got very upset with the priests and the priests then accused them of being “intolerant.”

In 1959, two thieves and assassins named Fidel and Raul Castro came to power in Cuba selling democracy and then proceeded to confiscate every piece of private property in the country without any compensation. Those who opposed them were tortured, assassinated, or put in prison for many years and more than 200 are in prison today.

Some Cubans were able to escape from Cuba and went on to live in Miami and other places, forced to both forget and never forget what had happened.
The Catholic Church presents the problem in Cuba as one of national reconciliation and not one of victims and victimizers as Guillermo Fariñas does in spite of the fact that Cardinal Ortega was one of those victims and continues to be one, even though he suffers from the “height of absurdity” syndrome.

The Cuban exile community, which is very Christian, asks for justice and at the same time sends aid to its family members that stayed behind in the cage. The exile community tells the church that it is willing to forgive, assuming the Castro brothers are repentant. But they are not repentant, and they continue in the same business of selling prisoners and renting out their family members.

And many in the world are still surprised that exiled Cubans do not want to pay to see the regime’s artists and musicians that come here to cheer up our lives with their rhythms and melodies. They call us intolerant. But it is intolerable to take any more of this.

6 comments to La visita de los curas

  • La Conchita

    The day that I see one single priest in Cuba deciding to stand up for the downtrodden by walking at the head of a procession, arm-in-arm with one of the Ladies-in-White, then at that point will I believe that there is a sliver of moral leadership in the Catholic Church in Cuba.

  • ElcubanitoKC:

    With all due respect to you and Fariñas, the ones who are really bashing Catholicism is the Catholic church's leadership in Cuba. If you want to get upset at someone for sullying the image and insulting the principles of the Church, direct that anger at those that are actually compromising those principles and selling themselves and the church to the regime, not the ones that are pointing it out.

  • pototo

    Oh I see now. Ignore that the Catholic Church bears responsibility should Farinas die. That will fix things.

  • Henry Agueros

    Alberto...I could not have said it better.
    The Catholic Church in Cuba has failed NOT only the Cuban people, But ALSO JESUS.

  • Rayarena

    Henry Agueros,

    You are right, the "Catholic Church in Cuba has failed NOT only the Cuban people, But ALSO JESUS. But let me point out again as I have said in other posts, this is NOTHING NEW!

    Remember that during the Cuban War of Independence, the Catholic Church in Cuba sided squarely with Spain even while el General Weyler was relocating more than 300,000 Cubans to concentration camps!

    So why on earth would we expect them to side with us now? I repeat, the Catholic Church is not a moral entity.