Cubans condemn Pope Francis for befriending dictator Raul Castro while ignoring the torture of political prisoners

Cubans on the island an in exile are outraged how the pope seems to have unbound love for the enemies of freedom and justice in communist Cuba but no love at all for the enemy’s victims.

Via El American:

Cubans Reproach Pope Francis: Spoke of his Human Relationship with Castro, Remains Silent as Cubans Face Torture

“You should know, Holy Father, that right now in Cuban prisons there are men and women of faith who — like those who were killed before the firing squad by the dictatorship shouting ‘Viva Cuba Libre! Vida Cristo Rey!’” they added

The Assembly of the Cuban Resistance, a platform of opposition organizations from inside and outside the island, wrote Tuesday to Pope Francis to express “surprise and pain” for his recent statements on Cuba and ask him to mediate in favor of the Cuban people. Not the “regime.”

“From this letter, we inform you that the Cuban people will not accept a fraudulent change, will not accept an agreement behind their backs that guarantees permanence and stability to the regime in exchange for the freedoms and rights of the Cuban people,” states the letter sent to the head of the Catholic Church.

The organizations of the Assembly of the Cuban Resistance (ARC) affirm in the letter that from the Pope’s words in an interview with two Mexican journalists, they deduce that the Holy See would seek to mediate in eventual negotiations between the United States and Cuba. ARC also reveals the “mediation” they would like from the Catholic Church.

“The most important mediation that corresponds to the Holy See with the dictatorship is in favor of the Cuban people, who raised their voice on July 11, 2021, when thousands and thousands of Cubans took to the streets peacefully asking for ‘freedom’ and ‘change of system’ and received, in response, beatings, repression and imprisonment before the silence of His Holiness,” they say.

The letter criticizes Francis’ recent interview on the first anniversary of the July 11 peaceful protests in Cuba in which he said that Cuba is “a symbol” for him and spoke of his “human relationship” with former Cuban President Raul Castro.

“In his statements, there were no words of charity and encouragement for the more than 700 political prisoners, for the Cuban mothers, for the children and husbands of the 77 women detained for more than a year, for the children as young as 12 years old held in behavioral schools, for the minors in political prison and condemned to work in forced labor camps,” say the opponents.

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2 thoughts on “Cubans condemn Pope Francis for befriending dictator Raul Castro while ignoring the torture of political prisoners”

  1. In the interview in question, the pope chose to mention his “human relationship” with Castro II, just as he chose to say nothing about the 11J protests and their aftermath. Again, we’re talking about deliberate choice, obviously for some reason(s). Maybe in his view he’s just playing high-level diplomacy, but in that case he should have gone for better optics and taken care to neither overtly offend nor scandalize Cubans.

    This is not his first such incident, and it is part of a pattern of behavior which has become painfully familiar. If he does not mean to offend or scandalize, he suffers from some sort of cognitive dissonance–unless he’s only interested in Cubans who are either pro-regime or who think the regime can be “reformed” or “fixed” rather than eradicated and replaced with something radically different.

  2. Bergoglio would have to be extremely dense, practically idiotic, not to realize this sort of thing is highly offensive–not to leftists, of course, but definitely to Cubans. I do not believe he does not get that. But, he still does it, as he has multiple times, and I expect he will do it again if he sticks around as pope. Evidently, either he doesn’t care about offending “those people” or he wants to offend them. Presumably it’s the former, but that’s still highly problematic, to put it politely.

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