It is not new, but the discretion which usually accompanied the unholy alliance between the Catholic church and the Cuban dictatorship is quickly being discarded. The meetings that once took place in secret, and the deals that were hashed between the regime and the church leaders on the island using the Cuban people as currency are now taking place in the open.
After decades of working diligently to legitimize in the eyes of the world a murderous and vile tyranny, the Castro government and the Catholic church are now reaping the rewards of their efforts. Like a forbidden love affair that was once relegated to the shadows for fear of public repercussions, their hard work has changed the perceptions enough that the two of them can now walk down the street hand in hand without anyone raising an eyebrow.
Now it is acceptable to talk and negotiate with murderers. Now few are the people that look down at the prospect that representatives of Christ on earth, the shepherds of the flock, if you will, invite the wolf over for dinner and allow him to choose which sheep from the flock he will devour. Instead of being appalled by this new alliance, the world now celebrates the tolerance of both the wolf and the shepherd and their ability to remain civil towards each other while the sheep are slaughtered.
Armando Valladares has an excellent editorial on this unholy alliance and it is today’s must read.
With his trip, statements and silence, Archbishop Dominique François Joseph Mamberti continued the mysterious, enigmatic and baffling collaborationist ritual of high-ranking Vatican officials who have traveled to the island prison over the last decades. These range from the infamous Nuncio, Archbishop Cesare Zacchi, who praised the alleged “Christian virtues” of dictator Fidel Castro, to the steps of his predecessor as Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Agostino Casaroli, who in 1974 said that Cuban Catholics were “happy,” all the way to the present Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, a strong proponent of “dialogue” with the regime. In this regard, I have often found myself in the painful need of writing articles which are always well-documented yet never contested.
In fact, we are now witnessing more than “mediation.” This is literally a “rescue” of the Cuban regime on both foreign and domestic levels, driven by the island’s bishops and by Vatican diplomacy. On the foreign level, the European Union is allowing itself to be impressed and stunned by this ecclesiastical “rescue” operation and has thus postponed until September a possible hardening of its stance toward the Cuban dictatorship. Domestically, this “rescue” will demoralize the faithful Catholics of the island and those Cubans who heroically oppose their shepherds’ collaboration with the communist wolves.
In the end, we know that it will be God, not us, who will render His final judgment. It will be these shepherds who will answer for each and every sheep that was offered to the wolves. Our obligation is not to judge them, but to point out evil wherever we see it.