The Pope’s visit to Cuba is a popular topic in the MSM these days. Since the visit will commemorate the 400th anniversary of “Cachita’s” appearance, you’d think that the American press would use the opportunity to recount the beautiful story of Our Lady of Charity’s apparition to the 3 fishermen. The story is tailor made for them: A brown-skin virgin, redistribution of wealth through charity, poor and diverse group of fishermen…
But no. Most of the articles seem to be focused on the effect the visit will have on the Miami Monsters.
One article in the Sacramento Bee makes the visit sound like the 2008 Obama campaign. The Pope’s trip is about hope and change. Not hope that the Pope will confront the evil that is communism, but hope that the entrenched hard-line, immature, un-evolved devils that are the Cuban Exiles will change their ways and reconcile.
It’s almost like this reporter decided to write an article to insult the vast majority of Cuban exiles. This is easily done these days by cherry picking Cuban “experts,” self loathing intellectuals and self serving Castro apologists-businessmen that will crucify their own kind and refuse their 30 pieces of silver.
Money quotes with the aforementioned adjectives highlighted lest we be accused of hyperbole:
The trip signals hope. Hope that the island will open itself up to freedom. Hope that Miami's Cuban-American community has matured enough to consider other approaches. Hope that the pilgrims' presence, and that of their religious leader, will show the world that change is possible.
The opposition that bedeviled Pope John Paul II's historic visit to Cuba in January 1998 is not as large or as vocal. Back then, the Archdiocese was forced to cancel a cruise ship charter that was scheduled to take thousands of the faithful to the island. Now, 14 years later, "we as a community have matured," says Andy Gomez
In Miami, Gomez, adds, some of the entrenched hard-liners have either died or evolved in their stance.
The big buzzword is “Reconciliation.” Reconciliation consists of Confession and Penance. Confession of course, refers to admitting the sins one has committed. The Cuban Exile’s sin seems to be a 53 year struggle to fight for the justice and freedom of those enslaved by an atheistic, immoral, totalitarian tyranny. That is also our penance.
And on top of that, for doing something none of us want to do, but have to because honor and providence demands it, we are dismissed, mocked, ridiculed and called names. That just steels our wills and determination.
Reconciliation? I’ve reconciled to the fact that our “noise” makes others uncomfortable because we try to tell them that the road to utopia is paved with death and misery. They “imagine” a world without religion or heaven, without possessions or borders, with free healthcare and education and hope that humanity can change to achieve that. We tell them that’s communism. Hell, even, and they just want us to shut up and go away.
Maybe the Miami businessmen who profiteer from the plight of their enslaved brethren or the Miami experts who are embarrassed that the rest of their countrymen are not evolved enough to perceive the world with the same rationalized nuanced moral relativity that they do and see the world in red and white should reconcile with who they are.
Maybe the Archbishop of Miami should reconcile with those in his flock who find it morally repulsive to make a pilgrimage to hell and reconcile with the devil instead of mocking them and calling them names in the local press and attend wine and cheese parties with the devil’s apprentices.
Maybe reporters should reconcile to the fact they are to write about reality, discuss facts, and present both sides, not vilify, insult and mock people whose only sin is the ultraistic struggle for liberty and justice for all.
One thing for sure, WE anti-communist, un-evolved bedevilers are not going to shut up.