If you ever had any doubts whether or not the Catholic Church in Cuba has been compromised by the Castro dictatorship, this should eliminate all of them.
Here we have Monsignor Carlos Manuel de Cespedes saying that the relationship between the Church in Cuba and the brutal, murderous, and tyrannical Castro regime is just fine. In fact, their relationship is in some cases better than the relationship in other countries.
Oh, and those early days of the revolution when priests were sent to work camps or expelled from the country, and Cubans faced persecution and imprisonment for attending church services? Well, that was just a misunderstanding and both the Church and the Cuban government were to blame.
HAVANA – Monsignor Carlos Manuel de Cespedes feels that the Cuban Catholic Church’s current situation is “completely normal” and even “better” than in many countries.
“Nowadays – I don’t believe that I’m saying anything foolish – the Church’s situation in Cuba is a normal situation, completely normal, as it could be in any other Catholic country and better than in many,” the influential priest declared in an interview published Wednesday on the government Web site Cubadebate.
Referring to the “confrontations” that occurred between the Church and the Cuban government after the triumph of Fidel Castro’s revolution in 1959, Cespedes said that the responsibility for that conflict was “shared.”
He emphasized that fortunately there were always people in both sectors – the Church and the government – who were concerned with sowing the seeds of cooperation, something that, he said, “over the course of time bore fruit.”
“It has not been anything imposed or rapid. It’s been a slow maturation, but I think it’s been sincere on the part of both parties,” he said.