From our Bureau of Hellish Hypocrisy Involving Church and State with some assistance from our Bureau of Painfully Inappropriate and Loathsome Shepherding Assignments
Yesterday’s revolting event at Father Varela’s Church of the Transfiguration defies description. Its multiple layers of symbolic meaning seem so infinite, too, and so offensive, that one is forced to meditate on it rather than to analyze it.
Details provided by the Ministry of Truth in Havana — through its website Cuba Debate — add further depth to the horror of yesterday’s sacrilege, which was an assault on common decency in both the secular and sacred spheres.
King Raul’s hand-picked faux dictator Trucutú Díaz-Canel was welcomed at Father Varela’s church by none other than Monsignor Octavio Cisneros, auxiliary bishop emeritus of Brooklyn, New York.
Those accompanying Trucutú included his wife Lis Cuesta and Foreign Minister Brunito “El Maldito” Rodriguez, as well as some bodyguards and other functionaries from Brunito’s ministry.
But Cuba Debate’s report omits one very significant detail: Monsignor Octavio Cisneros is not only Cuban, but also one of the children rescued from Castro, Inc.’s hands by Operation Pedro Pan. Why he decided to take part in this sacrilegious travesty remains a mystery.
Chances are that Bishop Cisneros was ordered to take charge of this farce by his superior, Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Whether or not the Cuban bishop reprimanded Trucutú and Brunito for their infernal hypocrisy and their violence against the Cuban people is a moot point. Those two atheistic sociopaths would never pay attention to anything any bishop has to say. Worse yet, the presence of a Cuban bishop in that church, greeting and welcoming these Cuban hypocrites made this event all the more hideous and offensive.
Bishop Cisneros serves as vice-postulator of the Cause for Canonization of the Servant of God Felix Varela and is also a founding member and president of the Felix Varela Foundation. He is also Vicar for Hispanic Concerns for the Archdiocese of New York.
Given his nationality and his involvement with Father Varela’s canonization, it’s obvious why Cardinal Dolan would pick this bishop to handle such a task, if the visitors were legitimate heads of state and Cuba was a normal country. But Cuba is anything but normal, and the visitors anything but Catholic pilgrims or legitimate rulers. In fact, the visitors have consistently persecuted all Christians, including Catholics
So, given these circumstances, it seems obvious why this bishop was absolutely the worst possible choice for such a task. A much better choice would have been Rosa Maria Payá, daughter of murdered dissident Oswaldo Payá, founder of the Varela Project, or Berta Soler of the Ladies in White, who is prevented from attending Mass every Sunday, or a former political prisoner, such as Oscar Elias Biscet.
Second-guessing Cardinal Dolan’s motives, as well as those of Bishop Cisneros is all one can do at this point, so assigning blame is not the real issue here. As Jesus said, “judge not lest you be judged” (Matthew 7:1-3) As of this afternoon, we still have no way of knowing why Bishop Cisneros took on this onerous duty. The church is an autocracy that functions a lot like the military. An order from above is an order from above. “Yes, sir” or “Yes, Your Eminence,” is the proper respond to commands.
Perhaps this order pained Bishop Cisneros immensely? Perhaps he thought he could get through the evil force field that surrounds the visitors? Perhaps he prayed for their conversion and redemption? Perhaps he pleaded for the release of political prisoners? Perhaps he accepted this task as a form of penance and self-abasement, much like flagellation? Who knows? Since we have no statement from him, we have no way of knowing what he felt and said.
So, let’s withhold judgement. Nonetheless, as often happens, a Cuban has once again played a role that betrays all Cubans. In this case there is the double whammy of betraying Father Varela himself. And the institution allowing all this betraying to happen is the Catholic Church.
Miserere nobis, Domine, Cubani sumus. Lord have mercy, we are Cubans, and, once again, the devil’s grip on our short nether hairs has proven inescapable.