Prominent Cuban-American priest, Father Alberto Cutié, questions Pope Francis’ apparently warm attitude towards the Castro dictatorship during his visit to Cuba this week, asking in a column, “Why do you so strongly condemn capitalism … but we never see an equally strong condemnation of atheist communism?”
Writing for the Spanish-language , Father Cutié–a former television and radio host, who left the Catholic priesthood for the Episcopal Church to start a family in 2009–notes that while he is no longer in the Church, he feels a kinship to Pope Francis from being “part of the same labor of the Lord, with the same desire to see the Kingdom of God present ‘on earth as it is in Heaven.'” He presents his bafflement with the Pope’s visit to Cuba, in which he made only passing mentions to the rampant political oppression on the island, as three questions:
Why do you and other religion leaders condemn capitalism so strongly, and offer us a list of all the disasters that result from it on earth, but we never see an equally strong condemnation of atheist communism, which continues to cause the world so much harm? This inequality when the time comes to condemn appears unjust. […]
Why do we ignore those who suffer from the great poverty of a lack of freedom and who, only for expressing their desperation and demanding respect for the most basic human rights, are detained, harassed, and beaten? […]
“I know,” Father Cutié concludes solemnly, “the majority of people reading this will say, ‘those Miami Cubans,’ we don’t understand. I’ve come to the conclusion that they are right. … I don’t understand–and don’t think I will ever begin to understand–why a man of God can meet with oppressors, but not the oppressed.”
In discussing the Pope’s condemnation of capitalism, Father Cutié could be referring to a number of remarks made in the past few years. In 2013, Pope Francis said that capitalism is “an economy of exclusion and inequality” and “such an economy kills.” Faced with communism–most blatantly in the form of a hammer and sickle crucifix–Pope Francis said, “I understand this work. For me it wasn’t an offense.”
Father Cutié joins a chorus of prominent Christians questioning the Pope’s nearness to the Castro family, and his silence in the face of abuses of prisoners of conscience. None appear more disillusioned than those persecuted by the Cuban government themselves. Members of the Ladies in White dissident group–a collective of mostly Catholic female relatives of prisoners of conscience–were placed under house arrest upon the Pope’s arrival to Cuba, despite being invited by Vatican diplomats to attend a meeting with high-ranking Catholic leaders.
Dozens were arrested to prevent them from attending an open-air Mass, and those who did attend and raise the issue of political freedom were rapidly whisked away by plain-clothes Cuban government operatives.
“The Holy Father visits Cuba as a missionary of mercy, but he has not spoken about human rights … without respect for human rights, nothing the Pope urged for in his homily can be achieved,” Berta Soler, the leader of the Ladies in White group, said following her release.
Today, the world is witness to "crimes against humanity" taking place in the Middle East. Muslims are systematically exterminating millions of Christians while "modern" Western nations, touting their "civilized" nature, provide refuge to invading Muslims -- the very group who exterminates Christians.
Bleeding hearts of depraved Western nations cry for the people of war-torn Middle East countries; yet, they want to welcome the very savages that have perpetrated unrest, massacred Christians and seek to instill despotism, tyranny, and wretchedness throughout the world. These same bleeding hearts in these "civilized" Western nations decry against Christianity as though Christians are the savage, despotic murderers of entire sects.
According to Breitbart, stories of ISIS desecrating churches and using these same churches as torture chambers against Christians started appearing at the end of 2014. Where was the world then? Now, Christian Freedom International reports these incidences are more brutal, widespread and heinous than previously thought. In some instances, entire Christian communities have been wiped out, exterminated, murdered, across the entire Islamic State war zone. Where is the world now? The world is playing host to these murderers.
As the Islamic State spreads its evil caliphate across the Middle East, ancient Christian sites and ancient historical sites, such as Nineveh, are being destroyed by ISIS in the name of Mohammed, may pig feces be flung upon him and forced down his throat. Christians are being kidnapped for ransom, as in the case of a Christian priest whose family raised the $120,000 demanded by ISIS. ISIS, in return, killed the priest, chopped him up and sent him home to his family. Where is the world outrage? Where is the Pope?
Some reports estimate that 40% of the Christian population of Syria is dead or has been driven out by ISIS. There are no Christians left in Mosul. Where is the world?
Obama supports ISIS with taxpayer money, military equipment and offering "free rides" into the US for Muslim "refugees." Climate change/global warming, sodomite "marriage" and a three-ring circus Congress, presidential candidates and media focus on comments made by Dr. Ben Carson and the latest Trump statement. The Pope is out to lunch, fueled by his "secular" agenda in deviance of God to promote anything anti-Christian. European leaders act incompetent and inept in dealing with the invasion of their nations as the EU banking controlled bureaucrats lead the entire continent into ruin. The UN clamors for nations to "accept Syrian refugees" from the war zone of the Middle East; but, it is not Christians who are seen fleeing or who can flee -- it is Muslim invaders intent on bringing chaos, unrest, and war to supposedly "civilized" nations. Russia and China watch with intent as Western nations hasten their own demise. More than likely, those two nations are getting a good laugh at the stupidity of the West as they wait to make their move.
Europe is overrun with Muslim invaders trashing their nations, desecrating graves, attacking their citizens and "demanding" everything whiles their counterparts in the Middle East murder Christians as a sport. Between all the nations of Europe, none could muster a fighting force to repel this take over disguised as an invasion. Instead, they restrict their own citizens in an attempt to quell the ravage savages invading their sovereign borders.
Leaders of the Western world run scared in the face of Muslim aggression. These "leaders" are intimidated by cries of "racism," accusations of discrimination and Islamophobia, and cow to the demands of an organization of nations that possesses zero ability to do anything except make a request. Despite all their "cowing," the aggression continues. How many times does the same thing have to happen before it is recognized as insanity?
Europe learned nothing from Nazi Germany aggression in the late 1930s and the events leading to World War II. It seems Germany learned little from its own heinous history. Worse still, the nation known as a bastion of freedom and liberty has a government that supports everything but freedom and liberty. In truth, our nation's government is leading the world to Muslim domination.
The extermination of Christians taking place in the Middle East will spread with the influx of Muslim invaders disguised and misnamed as refugees. The aggression is visible for the entire world to see; yet, it is not acknowledged or it is given a "pass." It is the citizens of these nations being invaded who will surrender their liberty and freedom to "appease" the savage, which is the plan. It's already happening.
Christians are desperate to leave the ISIS Middle East; but, their cries fall on deaf ears. To be found a Christian in the midst of the ISIS caliphate is certain death. Rejected by the West in favor of their oppressors and murderers, they have little hope for survival. But, the West can "feel good" in their support of "multiculturalism" as each nation heralds its own demise.
As the West rejects granting asylum to Christians in the Muslim Middle East in favor of Muslim terrorists, it should signal to every Christian residing in Western nations where you stand in regards to the governments in these nations. In truth, it isn't just Christians. It is anyone who is not Muslim. Islam is Islam and tolerates only Islam. Western governments are indicating their support for Islam and Muslims against everyone else.