The Cheerleading Archbishop
Gusano didn’t go church today. But the Church came to Gusano. It came like a slap to the face. A confirmation of sorts.
So instead of church I get online and torture myself with some Cuba news. Communing with misery, if you will. Anyway, I come across an article on Cardinal Ortega, head of the Cuban Catholic Church, which is it’s like the Roman Catholic Church only quieter. (I know, right? Something Cuban is quieter)
There’s already a litany of reasons why Cardinal Ortega is a disgrace both as a Cuban and a catholic in the Babalu sermons, so there’s no point in rehashing it here. And the article accurately documents many of the Cardinal’s sins. But, what brought my Jesuit - taught sense of indignation to a boil was a quote from one Arbishop Wenski, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Miami. This “curita,” Wenski ,plays Devil’s advocate in rebuffing the critics of Cardinal Ortega’s “stands,” (actually his lies, but that’s too easy a pun), against the repression and human rights abuses in Cuba, especially those pesky loudmouth exiled Chihuahuas in Miami:
"He has a very tough job," said Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, an Ortega supporter who acknowledged that many Cuban exiles view the cardinal warily. "For those who are Monday-morning-quarterbacking from Miami and don't have on-the-ground experience, it's going to take more time for them to change their opinion of him."
Granted, doing the Devil’s work while claiming to serve God, is a very tough job. But Wenski ‘s comment about Monday morning quarterbacking, even in the city where that’s the only choice, since the Dolphins don’t have a quarterback, is ridiculous, uninformed, bigoted and offensive to most of his flock. And…they are totally out of step with both of the catechisms he seems to want to preach; church’s and the left’s. Who in hell, (we know who in Rome did), gave the Archbishop a candle to this funeral? How can he say that the exiles in Miami have no “on-the-ground experience” Really?!?, if those who have experienced the lies, propaganda and doublespeak of Cuba’s totalitarian regime can’t tell when someone is collaborating or possibly even compromised, who can? A self professed “very liberal” priest from freaking West Palm Beach? No joda.
Besides, the left’s catechism clearly believes that it is precisely because Cuban exiles have too much “on-the-ground experience” that they cannot be “experts” in their own experience because our anthropological inferiority is such that we are genetically incapable of objectivity. Which is it? Too little, too much? Whatever moral relevancy is more convenient at the time, I guess. As long as the argument is that we Anti-Castro Cubans only be seen and not heard.
Wenski also seems to be out of step with Rome’s opinion of Cardinal Ortega also. Since the Vatican’s view of Ortega as a spineless, mealy mouthed communist collaborator is more in-step with the Monday morning quarterbacking crowd in calle ocho, then with his leftist Sunday morning cheerleading of totalitarianism. Thanks to wiki leaks, of all places, the aforementioned article points this out:
A May 14, 2007 dispatch written by Washington's mission to the Holy See quotes the chief of staff to Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone as complaining that Cuba's government must have been happy with Ortega because "the Church did its dirty work."
Why the Pope saw fit to appoint this guy as Archbishop of Miami, is beyond me. Since his appointment, he has cheerled for “reconciliation” while racking up more Miami to Havana miles than Cuca la mula de Hialeah only she has nicer pom-poms.
Just the Church’s way of making us better Christians by “marterizandonos,” of confirming us, of slapping our face. No wonder Hatuey didn’t want to go to heaven.