Rachel Campos-Duffy: Cuban, Venezuelan Catholics really feel betrayed by Pope Francis. This is why

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In case you spend time with Cuban and Venezuelan Catholics, you’ll hear concerning the ache inflicted on them by the person who is meant to be their shepherd: Pope Francis. The heartache and betrayal felt by devoted Catholics, lots of whom risked or proceed to threat their livelihoods and their lives to follow and maintain on to their religion and Christian traditions, is the rationale so many freedom-loving Catholics have dubbed the Argentine pope, “Papa Che,” after the enduring communist assassin, Che Guevara

It was greater than per week after protests spontaneously erupted throughout the island of Cuba earlier than “Papa Che” mentioned a phrase concerning the brave demonstrators. 

Following a brutal crackdown of those freedom protests, heartbreaking video and pictures emerged of youngsters being dragged from their dwelling in entrance of their crying dad and mom and confronted with the impossibly merciless alternative of becoming a member of the navy to struggle towards their households and their very own liberation or be despatched to the gulags. Whereas courageous Cubans have been being rounded up by the federal government’s cruel secret police, Pope Francis discovered time to make an announcement about racism and the Soccer World Cup, however not a phrase concerning the human rights abuses in Cuba. 

It was like a knife to the coronary heart

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It’s hardly misplaced on Cubans residing on the prison-island, or the thousands and thousands of Cubans in exile internationally, that Pope Francis isn’t precisely recognized for holding his tongue. He publicly weighs in on nearly each social justice situation below the solar, even people who problem Church orthodoxy.

Despite the incriminating proof towards Cuba’s communist regime, Pope Francis may solely muster a half-hearted remark this week in his weekly Vatican tackle about being “shut” to the Cuban folks and a lame name for “peace and dialogue.” A press release that was woefully in need of solidarity.

To additional demoralize the Cuban folks and conceal the regime’s atrocities, the dictatorship shut down web and cellular phone protection. Nonetheless, there was no phrase on that from the pope who renounced silk and historically ornate papal vestments to be able to solid himself because the “defender” of the poor and downtrodden. 

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Cubans are proper to wonder if the pope cares extra about plastics within the ocean than the our bodies of 1000’s of determined Cubans who die in these unforgiving waters in search of political, financial, and non secular liberty. 

How horrible should the situations be and should the longer term look in communist Cuba for a mom to place herself and a new child child on a rickety raft, in shark infested waters with the hope and a prayer of reaching America’s shores? 

It shouldn’t be arduous for a Catholic pontiff, notably one so intent on signaling his solidarity with the poor, to sentence the wealthy rulers who created these situations, as photographs flow into on the web of Cuba’s ruling class consuming lobster. Even the OG Fidel Castro, ever the elitist, possessed 20 luxurious properties on the island and had his Spanish Iberico ham (a delicacy achieved by proscribing a pig’s eating regimen to acorns) flown in from Spain whereas the Cuban folks starved. 

The Instagram account of Fidel’s spoiled grandson shamelessly chronicled him yachting on the Mediterranean, till the Miami Herald reported on it and the phony revolutionaries of the Cuban communist social gathering took it down. 

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The agony for Catholics, particularly those that have endured the tyranny of communism, has turn out to be insufferable and has laid naked the pope’s incapability to unite, lead and develop the trendy Catholic Church. “You’ll know them by their fruits. Grapes are usually not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?” Matthew 7:16

Underneath Pope Francis’ hold forth, church attendance has plummeted. So too have vocations to non secular life

Confidence within the Church’s hierarchy is at an all-time low. Throughout the pandemic, Francis capitulated to (or extra precisely allied with) oligarchs and secular leaders in governments who demanded the closing of church buildings whereas abortion clinics and large firms remained open. 

Church attendance has by no means recovered from the “Nice Reset.” It seems {that a} social justice pope could make you well-liked with the atheist Davos crowd, however it doesn’t have a lot evangelistic attraction with the world’s rank and file Catholics, lots of whom really feel their religion within the establishment of the church is being taken as a right by an out of contact, callous, and decadent hierarchy.

The unhappy fact is that Pope Francis’ neglect of his Cuban flock after they want him most and are nearer than ever to tasting freedom, was predictable. Throughout his 2015 papal go to to Latin America, Pope Francis fortunately accepted a controversial present from Bolivian President Evo Morales — a crucifix within the form of a hammer and sickle, the common image of communism. 

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This sacrilegious melding of probably the most sacred with an ideology that has murdered and persecuted so many Christians, was no much less offensive as a result of it was a duplicate of a crucifix designed by fellow Jesuit, Luis Espinal, a Marxist Spanish priest who was assassinated in Bolivia in 1980. 

Nobody was extra offended than the Catholics who awaited his Holy Father on his subsequent cease in Cuba, individuals who have been struggling for six many years below the cruelty of Castro’s communist dictatorship. 

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In anticipation of Francis’ 2015 go to to Cuba, the federal government’s secret police rounded up dissidents who may disrupt the regime’s narrative, together with members of “Las Damas en Blanco” (Women in White), a bunch of Catholic moms and wives who collect weekly after mass to hope and peacefully protest towards the communist authorities for arresting, imprisoning, and disappearing their family members who’ve challenged the communist regime. Their chief, Berta Soler, and others have been detained by police, stopping them from attending the pope’s mass on the island.

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After the Mass Soler and the opposite Catholic moms have been barred from attending, Pope Francis met with Fidel Castro himself, reportedly discussing local weather change, however not the abject poverty of the Cuban folks or the prisons crammed with those that dare complain about it. 

Within the first 12 months of his hold forth, Francis made a public show of washing the toes of prisoners throughout Holy Thursday Mass. In Cuba, he performed together with the Communist Celebration narrative that political prisoners don’t exist, regardless of the unhappy actuality that they’re probably the most marginalized and persecuted of Cubans on the forsaken island.

It’s arduous to reconcile why a Catholic pontiff would carry water for a dictatorship that surveils non secular leaders and cruelly punishes youngsters who attend catechism courses by barring them from attending college sooner or later. There is just one painful clarification and that’s that he sympathizes with their ideology and is a aware or unconscious apologist for his or her crimes towards humanity. 

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In 1917, the Bolsheviks took management of Russia below the management of Vladimir Lenin. That very same 12 months, Our Woman of Fatima appeared to 3 peasant youngsters within the Portuguese countryside. Throughout that apparition, which was formally acknowledged by the Catholic Church in 1930, the Virgin Mary implored the youngsters to hope for Russia and her conversion. If not, she warned, Russia would “unfold her errors all through the world, inflicting wars and persecutions of the Church”. 

On the time, the youngsters couldn’t have recognized what any of this meant, however at present, and particularly in Cuba, thousands and thousands know precisely what the horrors of communism have wrought. So ought to Pope Francis, if solely he would hearken to his impoverished, persecuted and deserted flock in Cuba. 

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