Catholic Church in Cuba sinks to new low
If you thought the Catholic Church in Cuba could not sink any lower, think again. Not only is the Church defending Cardinal Jaime Ortega and his complicit partnership with the Castro dictatorship in the repression and enslavement of the Cuban people, it is now lashing out at his critics. In a vicious and scathing editorial published in Espacio Laical (Lay Spaces), a Havana church magazine, the Church has launched an attack against critics employing the same language and tactics of the brutal and ruthless Cuban regime.
It is unfortunately another hellish step down for a church that in the past few years, under the leadership of Cardinal Ortega, has turned itself into a productive tool of the repressive Castro dictatorship.
Cuba’s Catholic magazine blasts critics of Cardinal Ortega
The Catholic magazine says there’s a campaign to get rid of Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega because he’s too close to Cuban leader Raúl Castro.
Unidentified factions want to “eliminate” Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega, according to an editorial in a Havana Catholic magazine that defended the controversial cardinal furiously and accused some of his critics of having “very little political intelligence.”
Neither dissidents nor exiles have “clear and universal projects for the destiny of the nation” and some are following “agendas dictated from abroad,” according to the editorial Tuesday in Espacio Laical, (Lay Space) run by the Lay Council of the Havana Archdiocese.
The archdiocese’s own magazine, Palabra Nueva, published an editorial last week defending Ortega from harsh complaints that he has become a virtual partner in Cuban ruler Raúl Castro’s efforts to preserve the communist system while reforming the economy.
But the Espacio Laical editorial went further, all but arguing that Ortega alone has the right answers to Cuba’s problems and either harshly dismissing his critics or accusing them of some sort of inappropriate conspiracy against the prelate.
“Certain factions” have developed a plan “with the purpose of eliminating the cardinal and erasing the political line he has promoted,” the editorial alleged, without identifying the factions or providing details of the supposed plan.
“It is not just a matter of personal attacks … but of a war against an entire evangelical line that aspires to changes that are positive and serene, gradual and inclusive, orderly and peaceful,” the editorial added.
The editorial spared no praise for Ortega, saying he played an “outstanding role in the preparation of all Cuban church documents over 30 years, and interceded for the liberation of “thousands” of prisoners beyond the 125 political prisoners freed by Castro in 2010-2011.
Ortega also spoke out against abuses like the 1989 execution of Army Gen. Arnaldo Ochoa on dubious drug charges and the government’s sinking of the tugboat 13 de Marzo in which more than 30 would-be refugees drowned, it recalled.
But for Ortega “the definitive solution for Cuba will pass through a political methodology marked by encounters, dialogue and consensus,” the editorial added, although the Castro government so far has met only with Ortega and refused to meet with dissidents.
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