According to a Wikileak-released cable from the U.S. Embassy in Vatican City:
(C/NF) The Vatican hopes for a transition to democracy in Cuba, but is not at the forefront of that battle because it is more concerned about protecting its small space for operations in Cuba.
In other words, for the Catholic Church in Cuba, freedom, democracy and human rights come second to its institutional presence.
Isn't selfishness one of the primary roots of sin?
It's no wonder the Church sought to quickly intercede (uninvited) with the Castro regime -- and marginalize Cuba's dissidents -- pursuant to the death of political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo, the brutal repression of the Ladies and White, and the summer standoff with hunger striker Guillermo Fariñas.
As Cardinal Jaime Ortega conceded in an August interview, all of this dissident activity "was causing instability."
Furthermore, it's no wonder that the Church wants Cuba's most prominent political prisoners to be exiled as a condition for their release.
At the end of the day, dissidents put their "relations" with Castro at risk.
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