Cuba: Dissidents reject Cuban Catholic Church defense of Cardinal Jaime Ortega
A group of Cuban dissidents have openly and defiantly rejected the recent letter defending Cardinal Jaime Ortega published in a Havana Archdiocese magazine. The letter, which was signed by several members of the hierarchy of the Church in Cuba, was a blatant attempt to whitewash Cardinal Ortega's despicable complicity with the Cuban dictatorship. Considering the Cuban church's recent history, it was no surprise the missive borrowed a page from the Castro regime playbook, attempting to discredit and marginalize anyone who dared to call attention to the Cardinal's cozy and nefarious partnership with the most repressive and murderous dictatorship in the Western Hemisphere.
Cuban dissidents criticize Havana bishops’ letter on Cardinal Jaime Ortega
Cuban dissidents took exception to a letter by Havana’s Bishops Council that denounced a campaign to discredit the archbishop of Havana.
Members of the opposition inside Cuba openly criticized the content of a letter sent recently by representatives of the Cuban Catholic Church’s hierarchy in support of Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino, archbishop of Havana.
The letter was signed by bishops and vicars of Havana’s Bishops Council. In three paragraphs, the text denounced what they call a campaign to discredit Ortega and his efforts to improve the national situation.
Martha Beatriz Roque, spokesperson of the banned Cuban Network of Community Communicators, denied dissidents were being malicious. She said criticism of Ortega’s role was based on concrete facts.
“We simply believe that the dialogue headed by Ortega was not done with dignity nor did it follow Christ’s doctrine,” Roque told El Nuevo Herald in a phone interview. “Had it been so, we would all be involved in that dialogue process. The Catholic hierarchy bowed their head before the regime and turned their back on the opposition.”
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