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Church in Cuba doing Castros’ bidding

The Miami Herald features a Babalú Blog exclusive article written by one of our writers, Dr. Carlos Eire:

Church in Cuba doing Castros’ bidding

http://media.miamiherald.com/smedia/2012/02/24/18/08/4t5ly.Em.56.jpgWhy is it that the Catholic Church in Cuba is working hand in hand with the Castro dictatorship, even to the point of collaborating in the expulsion of dissidents from the island or of posting statements on its official website that support the current regime?

On the surface, it might seem that the church has taken a pragmatic approach, and one with a very long history: that of lessening overt persecution by any means possible. After all, the Catholic Church over the centuries has often sought to compromise with secular rulers, for one simple reason: Since it has no army, and is officially committed to turning the other cheek, the deck is always stacked against it in serious church-state struggles. The church knows this all too well.

Take, for instance, its experience in 17th-century Japan, where it was totally annihilated after making serious inroads and where believers were horribly tortured before being killed in ways that made crucifixion seem like a light punishment. Or take the case of merry old Elizabethan England, where Catholics were wiped out, too, after the pope excommunicated Good Queen Bess, and where every Catholic priest captured by the authorities was disemboweled, hung, drawn and quartered.

Given such a history, the compromising behavior of the Cuban hierarchy shouldn’t surprise anyone. But the fact is that it does shock many Cubans, because their church doesn’t seem to be turning the other cheek, or even a blind eye: It actually seems to support the ideology and repressive measures of the dictators. Nothing proves this more convincingly than a document issued in 1986 by the National Cuban Church Encounter, which, instead of calling for an end to human-rights abuses on the island called for “reconciliation” with the Castro regime and declared that socialism “helped us to have more regard for human beings .?.?. and showed us how to give, because of justice, what we used to give as charity.” Anyone with the slightest exposure to Catholic theology should have no trouble spotting all of the heresies crammed into that statement.

Lately, compromising with dictators has become the hallmark of Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino. To see this first hand, simply visit the website of the diocese of Havana, where he openly displays his commitment to Castroite notions of “social justice,” and defends the legitimacy of the current police state. In the summer of 2010, as he brazenly engineered the expulsion of dozens of dissidents from Cuba, the good cardinal decreed on this website that anyone who worked to undermine the status quo should have no voice in determining the future of Cuba. In other words, the cardinal routinely expresses his ideological commitment to the repressive policies of the Castro regime: all this in the name of “egalitarianism” and “social justice.”

Continue reading the Herald piece HERE.

The original Babalú exclusive article written by Carlos Eire can be read HERE.

6 comments to Church in Cuba doing Castros’ bidding

  • Rayarena

    There is an anti-Cuban axis being played by the Church. In other words, they have all of their bases covered [and they are stacked against us]: Ortega in Cuba and Wenski in Miami.

    While we may not be able to effect change inside Cuba's church, we certainly as hell can in Miami, but as usual, we are incredibly ineffectual. And how can we be effectual if we have NO INSTITUTIONS to advocate on our behalf, no English language press and most importantly, Cuban exiles are too nonchalant, cavalier and indifferent to do anything. After all, they care more about their daugther's lavish Sweet Fifteen Party, their trips-to-Cuba, and of course, sending money to la familita adentro de Cuba.

  • asombra

    Ortega is more or less the religious counterpart to Carlos Saladrigas, which pretty much says it all if one's been keeping score. It’s both disgusting and depressing, especially this late in the game. It’s not the 1960s anymore, and we’re way, WAY past “not knowing better” (though even back then, it was quite possible to do the math correctly). But neither Ortega nor Saladrigas would make much difference if enough ordinary Cubans, on and off the island, would reject what those two represent and would form a serious, united front against anything of the sort. The problem is not so much the bad apples, but the much more numerous "neutral" (or effectively neutralized) apples that have no taste, so to speak, and are essentially useless.

  • asombra

    Maybe he just has an unfortunate physiognomy, but Ortega's face practically screams "queen."

  • Rayarena

    "Maybe he just has an unfortunate physiognomy, but Ortega's face practically screams "queen.""--ROTFLMAO!

  • Lynx

    I tell you, the castros have photos, tapes, film of this priest with..................."others" and he will do what they say, or risk exposure. And wenski protects him to the end. (no pun intended)

    I agree with asombra

  • FreedomForCuba

    You never know Lynx,

    Maybe "The Queen" and Raulita frolic in the dark, behind closed doors...