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Vatican says it’s only concerned for the poor in Cuba

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.

I'm waiting...

Go ahead, Vatican, whenever you're ready...

Ahem... You can make that statement now, we're waiting...

Never mind, your silence speaks volumes.

2 comments to Vatican says it’s only concerned for the poor in Cuba

  • Rayarena

    Ah-huh. Folks, let's just seat back and wait for the Pope to make a statement in favor of human rights inside Cuba. If he does so, it will, no doubt, be veiled and quickly glossed over. NICE. Meanwhile, he's already made repeated statements asking the embargo to be lifted, because that's Cuba's real problem--After all. The unilateral USA, full-of-holes embargo that allows for billions of dollars in annual humanitarian aid to Cuba, That's the biggest problem that Cuba has--not the 53 year old ossified tyranny, not the human rights violations, not the dissident oppression, not the exile community, etc...

    Nice! Oh, Martin Luther, I'm starting to admire you more every day.

  • asombra

    A week ago (on 3/16) Lombardi, the official Vatican spokesman, declared that it was not foreseen that the pope would make a public statement in Cuba regarding the embargo, though he added that the Vatican has long been against it. I was surprised at such relative restraint, but evidently things have changed since last Friday. Presumably, Castro, Inc. insists on its pound of flesh.

    Be that as it may, why were the much tougher economic sanctions against apartheid-era South Africa, applied by many countries, considered acceptable by the Vatican? John Paul II explicitly approved of them. Do Cubans deserve freedom less than South Africans? Or is it simply more fashionable and “correct” to punish right-wing oppression than to do the same with left-wing tyranny?

    No, the Vatican has NOT been consistent in its politics, and implying that it has is an insult to every Cuban’s intelligence, not to mention an affront to truth, which is absolutely unacceptable in those who claim to represent Christ. If the Vatican cannot talk straight, it would do better to say nothing. Cubans are beyond weary of double-talk, lip service and foreign "experts" who presume to know better about Cuba than Cubans themselves. Basta.