Once is not enough. Twice is not enough either.
This is the third time the current occupant of the See of Peter and Vicar of Christ has met with one of the cruelest and most despicable dictators on earth.
His Holiness spent two hours in King Raul’s realm, at the airport in Havana. He was there to talk to the Patriarch of Moscow about Catholic/Orthodox relations, but King Raul horned in on the meeting and claimed his share of attention.
Healing a thousand-year rift between the two oldest Christian churches in the world was not achieved at that two-hour tarmac synod.
Surprise, surprise, surprise! Imagine that. Two whole hours and no results, after a mere millennium of hostility.
One must suppose that the last attempt at reconciliation in 1438 was not part of the conversation, for that one didn’t work out to well.
Aaaah… but such a perfect photo and video opportunity for the King! See it all for yourself HERE.
Did either of these clerics discuss the history of the airport at which they met? Were they aware of the fact that over a million Cuban families have been torn apart at that very location, or that hundreds of thousands of Cubans caught their last sight of loved ones at that very spot?
Were they aware of the fact that their host was responsible for destroying the unity of all those Cuban families? And if so, did it matter at all to them?
I have very vivid memories of that airport, and they’re among the most painful and haunting of all my memories. If I’m honest with myself, I have to admit that I’ve been coping with that pain ever since that day I was strip-searched and locked up in that glass-enclosed fishbowl (La pecera) where I and my brother spent hours staring at our parents, grandparents, uncles, and aunts, unable to talk to them through the thick glass enclosure, knowing that we might never see any of them again.
As it turned out, we never saw most of them again, including our father and our grandparents.
Multiply the experience by thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands.
It all happened there, at that same spot. There is no monument there to bring attention to that crime against humanity, nothing that identifies that spot as a disgraceful blot on the landscape.
Aaaaah…. but who cares? The papally-blessed normalization circus was in high gear today.
From the one and only scurrilous Daily Mail (bad news should be restricted to bottom-feeding news media):
Pope Francis arrives in Cuba for historic meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch
Pope Francis has met with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, looking to heal a 1,000-year-old rift in Christianity before embarking on a five-day tour of Mexico.
The pope’s jet set down at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport, where the two-hour meeting with Patriarch Kirill was held.
The 79-year-old pontiff, in his white robes, stepped off an Alitalia plane after a 12-hour flight and shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro on the tarmac.
Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill embraced and kissed one another three times on the cheek as they met in a wood-paneled VIP room at the Havana airport.
It is the first meeting between the leaders of Christianity’s two biggest churches since a 1054 schism that helped to shape modern Europe and the Middle East.
Continue reading HERE, especially if you long to be nauseous.