Hence the reason for complicity

From the BBC: “Cuba opens first Catholic seminary since the revolution.”

Cuban President Raul Castro has attended the inauguration of the first new Catholic building on the communist island in more than half a century.

Mr Castro joined priests, including Vatican officials, at a new seminary outside of the capital, Havana.

Ties between the Roman Catholic Church and state soured in the aftermath of the 1959 Cuban revolution.

Relations have eased in recent years and Church officials recently helped to broker the release of 52 dissidents.

The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Cuba, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, had warm words for Mr Castro and his brother Fidel during the opening of the new San Carlos and San Ambrosio seminary on Wednesday.

“In the name of the Church, I thank both the former president, as well as current President Raul Castro, who honours us with his presence, for the state’s support of this work,” Cardinal Ortega said.

The inauguration was also attended by senior Vatican officials and a group of bishops from the US, including Thomas Wenski, the Archbishop of Miami, which is the centre of the Cuban exile community.

I am disgusted beyond words about this. The fact that the Church has sent so many of its leaders to deal and parley with these murderers just underscores what I’ve been saying for years about the state of Catholicism’s leadership.

7 thoughts on “Hence the reason for complicity”

  1. “the new seminary, where students will be trained for the priesthood, is a symbol of just how far Church-state relations have improved in recent years, says the BBC’s Michael Voss in Havana.”

    Of course, Church-state relations have improved, the Cuban church has become nothing more than a shill for the tyranny. With the inauguration of this new seminary, its becoming clearer to me why Jaime Ortega was brown-nosing the castro brothers so much and willing to become an ambassador for the regime and willing to betray the dissidents.

    This is no doubt the pay-off for his massive betrayal of the dissidents and the Cuban people at large.

    I can only imagine what type of seminarians are going to be admitted into that seminary [sigh].

  2. “In the name of the Church, I thank both the former president, as well as current President Raul Castro, who honors us with his presence”

    Well, at least Ortega didn’t say “in the name of God” or “in the name of Christ,” which would have been outright blasphemy. The top Catholic prelate in Cuba, speaking for his entire church, publicly and formally THANKS horrendous, murderous, atheist tyrants and calls it an HONOR to have one of them in attendance at the opening of a school ostensibly meant to train men of God for His service. Is this an outrage or what? Talk about selling out for a plate of lentils. Abominable.

  3. I think part of the problem is that Ortega, and by extension the Vatican, may be counting on the traditionally short memory and lack of seriousness of the Cuban people. That’s what saved the Spanish element in Cuba after the horrors of the war of independence, including Weyler’s genocide of civilians (including old people, women and children), which involved the original concentration camps later copied elsewhere (Weyler’s surname and paternal family, by the way, was of German origin). Essentially, there was no retribution against Spaniards in Cuba after the war. Of course, blood ties were also a factor, as non-black Cubans were of almost entirely Spanish ancestry. But the Spanish still got off mighty light. Obviously, that didn’t make Spain’s subsequent treatment of Cuba any better than contemptible.

  4. It galls me to read the Cardenal’s words. How dare he thanks the Cuban regime on behalf of the Church. As a Catholic I share no part in his oblique gratitude.

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