Miércoles, 27 de Mayo de 2020
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Editorial: The Catholic Church takes a good step

The Archbishop of Havana, Juan de la Caridad Garcia.

Ever since the trip to Cuba taken by Pope John Paul II, the Cuban Catholic Church's dedication to the defense of human rights has clearly been insufficient. Understandably, some have come to describe this failure as constituting collusion with the dictatorship, especially during the years and years under Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino, who decided to advance the Church’s position on the Island at the expense of not denouncing the social, political and economic crisis induced by the dictatorship. Ortega Alamino even went so far as to deny the existence of political prisoners in Cuba, and to serve as a spokesman for the regime in various international forums.

While Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Cuba yielded few advances in the struggle for human rights, that by Pope Francis was downright regrettable, with the pontiff solely focused on repairing relations between Cuba and the US, without even acknowledging the main problems haunting the country: the lack of freedom and permanent violations of human rights.

On Wednesday, however, the current Archbishop of Havana, Juan de la Caridad Garcia, received representatives of the Ladies in White and spoke with them, thereby sending an encouraging signal.

Hopefully this dialogue will help to lessen the harassment this group of women regularly receives from civil society, and the Catholic Church, without renouncing its ecclesiastical work and promotion of the faith, will speak out regarding the injustices suffered by the Cuban people at the regime's hands.

The trail blazed by Archbishop Juan de la Caridad García must be trod again in the near future, for the sake of the Catholic Church, and for the good of the Cuban people, both believers and nonbelievers.