“Communism is atheism on steroids.” Anon
“A practical definition of Communism—Cuba.” Anon
“I love Fidel Castro.” Ozzie Guillen, Miami Marlins manager
“Fidel Castro is a brutal dictator.” Miami Marlins owners
“Cuba is a police state.” Proof? Read on!
“Socialism is the great fiction, whereby everyone endeavors to live off of everyone else.” Frederic Bastiat
“At least 43 Cuban dissidents have been arrested in areas near where Pope Benedict XVI Tuesday, as the United States urged their immediate release…All remain under arrest…Almost all of the detainees are members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba.” Yahoo!NewsCanada, April 4, 2012
“Pope Benedict XVI’s recent trip to Cuba was described by the Vatican as away to spread the gospel to a nation captured by an atheist state. And surely it was the Pope’s purpose to inspire as many Cubans as possible. The irony of the Pope’s visit is that it has provoked a crackdown on dissent.
“Agence France Press reports that in the last week at least 43 dissidents in the eastern province of Santiago, one of the stops during the Pope’s three-day Cuban sojourn, have been detained by the police. They include former political prisoner Jose Daniel Ferrer and his wife Belkis Cantillo.
“Mr. Ferrer was one of the 75 arrested in Cuba’s ‘Black Spring’ in 2003, and he was among 12 who refused to accept exile as a condition of release in 2011. He is the leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba. Ms. Cantillo is among 10 member of the Ladies in White—Catholic mothers, wives and sisters of political prisoners—who were arrest in the sweep.
“The Ladies in White had lobbied the Vatican through the papal nuncio in Havana for a meeting with the Pope. Cuba’s Jaime Cardinal Ortega told them that the Holy See’s schedule was too tight. This request was widely publicized before the visit. So it was hard not to miss the contrast of the Pope’s inevitable meetings with the Castro brothers, Raul and Fidel, and even with the ailing Venezuelan strongman, Hugo Chavez, in the country for medical treatment.
“The unhappy truth is Benedict would have had to go into the Cuban jails to see many of the island’s Christian dissidents. Local activists provided the names of almost 300 who were detained in the week before the Pope arrived and held so that they couldn’t attend the papal Masses in Santiago and Havana.
“Thirty-eight-year-old Andres Carrion Alvarez, who did make it to the papal Mass in Santiago and chose the moment to shout ‘down with Communism’ in front of the cameras, was beaten and led off by state security. He has not been heard from since.
“Some of those arrested ahead of the Pope’s visit have been released, including Ms. Cantillo. Others, like Sonia Garro, are in lockdown. Ms. Garro, a particularly courageous member of the Ladies in White who had her nose broken by Castro mobs last year, was taken away by Cuban security from her home on March 18. She has since been transferred to the Guatao women’s prison in Havana and is being charged with ‘disrespect.’ She could get a sentence of up to four years.
“Fairly or not, her fate and that of many other Cuban dissidents caught up in this post-papal crackdown will always be linked to the visit of Benedict XVI. They deserved a hearing while he was there.” The Wall Street Journal, April 9, 2012, p. A14
Editor’s Comment: With nearly 100,000 Cubans murdered by the Castro brothers under the direction of “Che” Guevara, Fidel’s chief executioner, would certainly indicate that a religious leader would insist on meeting with those in the jails and console them. Instead, this Pope chose to meet with their jailers and most likely the murderers of their fathers and mothers. This is a scandal of the first order and the Pope should be called to explain his action. By the way, he also had time to meet with the Communist Hugo Chavez who is now pleading for Jesus to heal him from his cancer. Chavez mentioned Jesus and Che in the same breathe.
“In 1964, Guevara got a hero’s welcome in New York City as he spoke to the United Nations and bellowed, ‘Executions? Certainly, we execute! And we will continue executing as long as it is necessary!’ As he was rushed from one socialite party to the next that night, New Yorkers gushed over him. Only after he left America did the New York Police Department discover his plot with the Black Liberation Army to blow up the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell, and the Washington Monument.” Allison Aldrich, Collegiate Times, March 11, 2008