9 thoughts on “An intimate moment”

  1. Anybody else noticed how Bolivar is turning his head *away* from these two?
    Coincidence? I think not!
    Julio

  2. And, please, let us not forget the photo of Castro and Pope John Paul II holding hands, or of Mother Teresa kissing Castro on the cheek (or was it Castro kissing her on the cheek?).

  3. A new idea for a cartoon series drawing from the hijinks of these bandit buffoons: “La Cherna y el Pargo.” For our Americano friends: In Cuba, cherna (grouper) and pargo (snapper) were slang terms used to label gay folks. Don’t ask me why these were based on fish…

    Mutt and Jeff, step aside. La Cherna y el Pargo are here!

  4. Mora: There is no anti-Catholicism at play in pointing out that both John Paul II and Mother Teresa were photographed in tender moments with Fidel Castro. Surely, you have seen the photographs? As for Mother Teresa, she not only met with Castro but praised him. Fidel Castro, let me remind you, was excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church. I will always love Pope John XXIII for that. Which leads me to another question, Mora, which I will pose to you since you seem to have a special interest in Catholic matters: How was it possible for the Pope or Mother Teresa to meet, hold hands with, praise, or, in short, “commune” with an excommunicant? I suppose also, Mora, that you must have a very low opinion of Jose Marti, who said that “Christianity died at the hands of Catholicism.”

  5. I SAID no Catholic-bashing. You are abusing moral giants who have done more good in the world than any Protestant fundamentalist ever will. For your information, Mother Teresa and Pope JPII are operating OUTSIDE the realm of worldly politics and affairs. Unlike so many Protestant fundamentalists like yourself, they actually READ the Bible. The Bible says love your enemies. That is what they were doing. You are trying to portray them as BEING their enemies but that isn’t what happened at all. Nobody did more to destroy communism than John Paul II. And nobody attacked poverty like Mother Teresa. No Protestant fundamentalist can hold a candle to these two moral giants.

    Bashing them is just plain despicable.

  6. I am not a Protestant fundamentalist, Mora. I am, in fact, an unreconstructed pre-Vatican II conservative Roman Catholic (somewhere else on this blog you will find my defense of Pius XII). It appears to me that the Bible tells us all to forgive our enemies, not just the elect. Have you, Mora, forgiven Castro? I haven’t nor will I. To be forgiven you must acknowledge wrong and be willing to seek forgiveness and do penance. I doubt that Castro confessed his sins or sought absolution from Pope John Paul II. Hence it was against canonical law for either John Paul II or Mother Teresa to commune with this unrepentant excommunicant.

    I remember when John Paul II visited Miami. His travels took him within 3 feet of the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity, but he refused to enter the “exile” chapel for fear of offending Castro. Although he excoriated the Communist leaders of Eastern Europe in no uncertain terms in homilies recited in their presence, he refused to criticize in any way his Cuban host when he visited the island, limiting himself to condemning the U.S. trade embargo and indescript comments about “the world opening itself to Cuba and Cuba opening itself to the world.” (John Paul II did support trade sanctions on South Africa, however). Still, this was better than Mother Teresa, who actually did praise Castro as a humanitarian. Neither the Pope nor Mother Teresa, however, ever went so far as Cardinal Etchegaray, who proclaimed Castro “the greatest blessing” that God ever conferred on the Cuban people. Thank God he didn’t end up as pope!

  7. And, by the way, Mora, criticizing the public acts of Catholic leaders is not “Catholic bashing.” “Catholic bashing” is attacking the tenets of the Church or challenging her right to exist.

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