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Cuban Catholic Church celebrates mass for ailing Venezuelan dictator

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Charity El Cobre, the iconic church of Cuba's patron saint located in Santiago de Cuba, celebrated a mass this weekend for the health of Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez at the request of their embassy. Although some may take issue with the decision of the Cuban Catholic Church to grant this request, we must remember that Christ does teach us to pray for our enemies (Matthew 5:44).

However, there is one important question that needs to be asked: How many masses have been authorized by the Havana Archdiocese under the leadership of Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino for the health and well being of Cuba's beleaguered and violently oppressed dissidents and political prisoners?

You don't need more than one hand to count them...

In fact, you don't even need fingers...

The number is : 0.

Read the report on the mass at EL MUNDO (in Spanish).

http://www.elmundo.com.ve/CMSPages/GetFile.aspx?GUID=e980add9-36c7-4455-b46c-f4404b78ad65&width=608

2 comments to Cuban Catholic Church celebrates mass for ailing Venezuelan dictator

  • asombra

    They did it for Fidel, so this is just more of the same and perfectly consistent. There’s apparently no concern over scandalizing the faithful or insulting their sensibilities and intelligence. We’re dealing with a church which is seriously compromised and continually demonstrates that it’s in a godless dictatorship’s pocket, and it even seems to like it. Obviously, the problem is not just in Cuba but also in the Vatican, with Bertone and company. I suppose the idea is to go with expediency and take measly crumbs over nothing, and then, if the regime should fall, do the same thing they did when Cuba became independent from Spain after the church had taken the Spanish side. Cubans, you see, have never been especially serious or rigorous people, but rather the opposite, and it’s not unreasonable to figure that if you could manipulate them before, you can manipulate them again.

  • asombra

    Well, assuming the RCC even cares about respect, this is not the way to get it.