Havana’s U.S. flag no victory for pope (COMMENTARY)

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Cuban President Raul Castro (R) smiles as he meets Pope Francis during a private audience at the Vatican May 10, 2015.


Cuban President Raul Castro, right, smiles as he meets Pope Francis during a private audience at the Vatican May 10, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Gregorio Borgia/pool

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Pope Francis could exercise some spiritual leadership and deny Raul Castro communion at Mass in the same way Castro denies freedom for the people of Cuba.

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  • Nicholas Hahn sure seems concerned that Pope Francis get his Obama mission trip right. See my post “The Tyrant Theologian needs to get his itinerary right” at BaalTyranny.blogspot.com.

  • Garson Abuita

    Why is Cuba the only country for which the right wing insists human rights be a precondition to diplomatic relations? What about Russia, the People’s Republic of China, Saudi Arabia, etc.? You own Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” moment. This is a flag-raising and installation of Marine Corps security at a brand-new embassy. It’s nothing like the premature declaration of victory over Iraq. It does not preclude the use of diplomacy to further American interests, which is why we have relations with any country to begin with.

  • Greg1

    Francis is correct: the Catholic Church only asks that countries allow her to feed the Faithful. And since Cuba is loosening up in that regard, it is a victory for the Church. Here, however, in the USA we are becoming more and more restrictive.

  • Betty Clermont

    This article is wrong on several accounts. Kerry met with dissidents and human rights activists at another flag-raising, this one closed to press at the residence of the U.S. chief of mission, along with a broad cross section of Cuban entrepreneurs, journalists and artists. Compare this with this past 4th of July at a celebration hosted by the head of the US Interests Section in Havana. Officials from the U.S. and accredited diplomats were in attendance. When two members of the opposition to Castro approached Havana Cardinal Jaime Ortega to deliver a list of 51 political prisoners compiled by the Forum for Rights and Liberties, the cardinal claimed that there were no political prisoners on the island and that “the information all of you [the opposition] receive comes from ‘worm-infested’ Miami.”
    Bergoglio cooperated with the junta. See Mignone’s 1986 book “The Church and the Dictatorship.” You have to read what people wrote BEFORE Bergoglio became pope.

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