The Vatican has released a statement that its criticism of U.S. economic sanctions against the Castro dictatorship (which exclude humanitarian items such as food and medicine) is based on its concern for the poor in Cuba:
The cry of the poor: Pope may criticize U.S. embargo of Cuba
VATICAN CITY — The Catholic Church’s position on the U.S. economic embargo of Cuba is “no mystery,” the Vatican spokesman said, and there’s a good chance Pope Benedict XVI will publicly criticize the embargo when he visits Cuba.
At the same time, Pope Benedict also will call for greater freedoms — particularly religious freedom — and respect for other human rights during his stay in Cuba March 26-28.
The Church’s calls for an end to the embargo, which the United States imposed in 1962, are not peculiar to its Cuba policy, and are not concessions granted in negotiations with the communist government. They follow from established principles of Catholic social teaching, which have been applied to a variety of countries over the years.
“The Holy See maintains that the embargo is something for which the people suffer the consequences and which does not reach the aim of promoting the greater good,” said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman. “The people suffer; therefore, the Holy See does not believe it is a measure that is positive or helpful.”
Since the Vatican is obviously so concerned about the poor and downtrodden Cuban people, I am now going to wait for their statement criticizing the Castro dictatorship for destroying a country, impoverishing the Cuban people, and condemning them to a life of misery, repression, and enslavement for more than five decades.
Go ahead, Vatican, whenever you’re ready…
Ahem… You can make that statement now, we’re waiting…
Never mind, your silence speaks volumes.