By Rich Kozlovich
This article by Humberto Fontova has made me realize how important it is to speed up the process of linking his articles. I will link at least one a day until I run out of links. There are a number of disturbing issues here.
Fontova asks an important question when he says; "I don’t claim expertise in ecclesiastical matters. But before granting absolution the Catholic Church, I’m fairly sure, still requires contrition—sincere contrition." Perhaps we should take a at look what contrition really is.
Does anyone really believe this monster capable of contrition? Contrition is part and parcel of repentance. The original root word for repentance means to "turn about". How has this man "turned about"? Does he acknowledge his guilt, i.e. sin, for the murder of untold thousands of innocents? Has he acknowledged that he has spread death and violence all over the world, and acknowledge that these actions were "sins"? Has he returned all the wealth he stole from all the people he took it from? Tell me; how has he "turned about"? At this point Fidel Castro remains an accredited socialist monster of the 20th century. How has he 'turned about'?
I think the most disturbing part of this article is the statement that; “Pope John Paul II remarked that he was “reserving judgment on Che Guevara who had served the poor.”So John Paul II was going to reserve judgement on another 'accredited socialist monster' of the 20th century, who was even more sadistic than Castro?
I am sorry, but these people are at the center of information. They are not beguiled by the media like the general public is, because the Vatican has information resources that are typical of a government that wishes to know what is really going on in the world. It is impossible for that Pope, or today’s Pope, to not know what a monster Che really was.
One can make the argument that Castro kind of has him in a bind; because if he goes there and Castro asks to be forgiven and taken back in the fold; it is his job to take the Christian high road regarding forgiveness and do so. Baloney! He doesn’t have to go there at all!
Will the Pope Absolve Fidel Castro?
Pope Benedict XVI will visit Cuba in March. Two of Italy’s top newspapers are reporting that Fidel Castro will avail himself of the visit to confess his sins and be accepted back into the Catholic Church, which excommunicated him in 1962.
“During this last period, Fidel has come closer to religion,” says Castro’s estranged daughter Alina who lives in Miami. “He has rediscovered Jesus" at the end of his life. It doesn’t surprise me because dad was raised by Jesuits.”
A baptized and confirmed Catholic, but lifelong layman, I don’t claim expertise in ecclesiastical matters. But before granting absolution the Catholic Church, I’m fairly sure, still requires contrition—sincere contrition.
On his 1998 visit to Cuba, Pope John Paul II remarked that he was “reserving judgment on Che Guevara who had served the poor.” Upon greeting the Cuban ambassador to the Holy See in 2005, this same pontiff hailed Cuba’s “gains in health care and education.” The above makes patently obvious that, on matters Cuban, the Vatican references the same media and academic sources gleefully bestowed Havana bureaus and visas by the Castro regime. Heaven knows the Vatican is not alone on this.