Car and Bag / Pedro Argüelles Morán

After I read and reread the editorial in the latest edition of the journal Lay Space, the publication of the Archdiocese Lay Council of Havana, entitled: “Commitment to Truth,” it left a nasty taste in my mouth, because the editorial echoed the same accusations — against the peaceful internal Cuban opposition — as Castro’s totalitarian regime has been making all along.

Also, it tries to exalt, as a paradigm of democratic struggle in our suffering country, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, Archbishop of Havana, and also to pretend that the editorial speaks in the name of the Cuban Catholic Church and not of the Editorial Board of the above mention Journal of the Laity.

It is well known that there is everything in the vineyard of the Lord; in addition, like good children — good neighbors — we all have strengths and weaknesses, and make mistakes as the human creatures we are. But still, to my knowledge, Cardinal Ortega has not died, and therefore has not been raised to the altars. So, gentlemen, why are you getting ahead of his death and canonization.

Moreover, as in the wise saying: “He who imitates fails”; and you have imitated the masters of the Palace of the Revolution in their unhealthy attacks against civic fighters. And that’s ugly, they should have their own opinions and not “little borrowed phrases.”

Personally, I am Catholic by training and education at the prestigious College of Marist Brothers, here in Ciego de Avila, and I respect and admire the Catholic community, both nationally and internationally, and all Christian and non-Christian denominations that love peace, truth, freedom, justice and love. I wish that God and the Blessed Virgin of Charity bless you and protect you. Amen.

8 June 2012