Catholic bishops betray the Cuban people again
The Catholic bishops of Castrogonia have written a letter to the Royal Family and their feudal lords, thanking them for the purely cosmetic "reforms" set in place over the past few months, begging for a few more tiny inconsequential steps towards freedom, and, as one might expect, also condemning the United States for its "blockade."
The contents of this pathetic letter are summarized by the Associated Press in typical fashion: as a great step forward.
Dealing with the devil is never graceful or uplifting. The bishops thank the demonic slaveowners for a few stale scraps tossed from their banquet hall and beg for a few more crumbs.
One might argue that such subservient caution is a bold move by the bishops, but the sad truth is that it is nothing other than a betrayal of their flock.
They need to ask for unconditional freedom. And they need to act more as bishop Ambrose of Milan, who never shrank from condemning the Roman Emperor Theodosius for his crimes, or Archbishop Thomas Becket, who stood up to King Henry II of England.
Their call for "reform" is beyond pathetic, and beyond words. Time again for the shift key and the row of numbers at the top of the keyboard: *&^%$#@!
Cuban Catholic Bishops Call for Political Reform
Roman Catholic bishops in Cuba called for political reform in tandem with social and economic changes already under way, issuing their first joint pastoral letter in two decades that was presented to reporters Monday.
The document from the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Cuba urged authorities to bring about a political opening that includes "the right to diversity with respect to thought, to creativity and to the search for truth."
"As has been happening with the economic aspect, we believe that in our Cuban reality, a renovation or updating of national legislation in the political order is essential," reads the letter, titled "Hope Does Not Disappoint."
Jose Felix Perez, secretary of the Bishops' Conference, said a copy was delivered to island officials and "it is hoped that the letter will be read with the same spirit with which it was written ... constructively."
There was no immediate public reaction from the government, and authorities did not respond right away to a request for comment. Officials have repeatedly said that changing Cuba's Communist political system is off the table.
The Communist Party is the only one allowed in Cuba, though membership is not a requirement to hold political office. The government does not recognize any legal status of opposition groups, which it accuses of being financed from overseas and trying to undermine the revolution.
It was the first pastoral letter from the Bishops' Conference since 1993's "Love Awaits All," which stirred controversy at the time for its criticism of the government.
The new document also applauded President Raul Castro's reform program begun in 2010, which has included things such as increasing private small business activity, legalizing home and used car sales, decentralizing state businesses and ending a widely detested exit visa requirement that for decades made travel abroad difficult for many.
But the bishops said much remains to be done.
They highlighted as an example the low salaries of professional and government workers in key sectors such as health and education, something that Castro recently acknowledged is a problem that must be solved.
The Church also called for dialogue between Cubans of differing opinions, and for Washington to end its 51-year-old economic and financial embargo on Cuba.
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