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The Cardinal of Disgrace / Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada

The Cardinal of Disgrace / Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada

Translator: AnonyGY, Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada

I have no words to describe the recent statements made by his Eminence

Cardinal and Archbishop of Havana Jaime Lucas Ortega Alamino during his

stay last week in the United States of America.

Those who have followed each of the press releases that mention in one

way or another the statements of the highest Cuban authority within the

Catholic Church, have noticed that despite the fact that he has spoken

in a deliberate tone, the language used by the Cuban cardinal places at

disadvantage the credibility of the good function of the Catholic

hierarchy in the island. He has repeated in his discourse the same

phrases used by the ruling class.

All of us who follow the evolution of the Catholic Church in Cuba, have

denounced on many occasions the so badly called relationship between

Church and State, and the complicity of the Church with the silence of

the true existing situation in the island related to the lack of a state

of rights and also the lack of places for free religious worship.

Maybe for many people the last two visits of the Popes to the island are

more than enough, if we would add some minutes on domestic television,

or the last tour of the pilgrimage of the Virgin, to show the world the

false freedom of worship in Cuba.

Today's comment does not attempt to criticize the role of the Church in

Cuba, but it tries to put in its right place he who uses the Catholic

Church for his own benefit and in defense of those who are sinking the

nation into an increasing poverty.

Today I want to use this article or comment as a pulpit, and from it

denounce the words of someone who does not deserve to wear the purple

color used by martyrs of the Christian faith. The last words spoken by

Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, on April 24th during his mediation at the

Church and Community Forum sponsored by the David Rockefeller Center of

Latin American Studies of Harvard University in Cambridge,

Massachusetts. As many have judged, his speech was similar to one of the

many speeches dictated by the office of the Department of Ideology of

the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba.

We would have to ask such a Cuban Cardinal, "How could he have access to

the police records of each person who occupied the Caridad Church in

Havana?" We would also ask, "How could he obtain the information that

such acts of civil disobedience were organized from Miami?" I understand

this time, like many other times, that the Cardinal spoke more than he

should, and now he has to withstand all the critics coming from

different latitudes.

I never imagined to hear, from the lips of the highest pastor of the

Cuban Church, so much malice for those who try to promote full respect

to the basic freedom of each man. To call those who serve unfair

sentences under the most terrible conditions not described by people

like him "common delinquents," at some international meeting, makes him

an accomplice of a corrupt and inert government.

We would have to ask Jaime, "How would he feel if we call him delinquent

because of the fact he was sentenced to compulsory work during the years

of UMAP* together with many other priests and religious people who

practiced faith?"

I am a true catholic, I love the faith of the church, I love my

motherland and the freedom experienced in the abandonment of each of our

vicissitudes on the shoulders of Jesus who deserves to be called The

Greatest Man of All Times. But every time I face situations like the

ones today, by means of which the judgment of the world is focused on

the behavior of the Catholic hierarchy on the island, I see myself with

the obligation to ask that the whole Cuban clergy not be judged for the

behavior of him whom I dare to name the Cardinal Puppet of Castros Brothers.

It is my wish that there be a new awakening of the Christian faith in a

Cuba free from stereotypes and obsolete dogma which place next to the

ruling class those who have to walk next to the poorest people. It is my

wish that the body of the Cuban church receives a transfusion of young

blood with a new zest for life and who will promote a new nation where

true patriotic and Christian values are practiced.

For today I say goodbye to someone who does not deserve to be called

Cardinal and even less Cuban, people like him should be sentenced to

forgetfulness or, it would be better to say, to be sentenced to carry

the weight of the disgraceful history that only he using his high

position has invented, only God knows, and his terrestrial accomplices

for in exchange for benefits.

Translated by: AnonyGy

*Note: UMAP = Military Units in Aid of Production, a series of

concentration camps for religious believers, homosexuals, and others who

ran afoul of the Castro regime. Cardinal Ortega was interned in a UMAP

camp when he was younger.

April 30 2012

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