Blessed Are the Persecuted

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
"Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:10

Even if the Pope ignores them.

Over the weekend, over 30 Ladies in White were brutally arrested by the Castro regime.

One of them, Taimí Vega Biscet, tragically suffered a miscarriage when intercepted by police forces.

Their crime?

Traveling to the Shrine of El Cobre, where Pope Benedict XVI will be celebrating Mass during his March visit to Cuba.

For months, the Ladies in White and their families have been subject to escalating violence: interference of their telephone communications; blackmail; constant verbal and physical harassment (including sexual molestation); threats to their lives; threats of losing their jobs; short term arrests; brutal beatings and prison confinements in inhumane conditions.

Meanwhile, their homes are subject to constant surveillance; forced entry; barricades to prevent their entering and leaving; days of attacks by pro-regime mobs, who scream insults through megaphones, throw stones, paint, etc. They are prohibited from traveling freely within their own country and are forced back to their home provinces any time they venture away.

So surely the Vatican, or Pope Benedict XVI himself, has expressed concern and interest in meeting with the Ladies in White while he is on the island.

Sadly, no.

Instead, the Vatican announced this weekend that the Pope "wants to see" Cuban dictator Fidel Castro (if his health permits).

The Ladies in White will undoubtedly be rewarded by the kingdom of heaven. And that's comforting.

But shouldn't Peter's successor provide them with some comfort from their earthly hell?

(In contrast, kudos to the local clergymen in El Cobre that sought to protect some of The Ladies in White over the weekend).