In Cuba, the Pope Lacked Clarity

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
It's a shame -- to put it kindly -- that Spanish-speaking Pope Francis has been the Pope to speak with the least clarity -- also to put it kindly -- in Spanish-speaking Cuba.

His hear-no-evil, see-no-evil response -- during a press briefing on the flight to Washington, D.C. -- to a question on the arrest of Cuban dissidents caped off an already disappointing visit.

From Time:

"Pope Francis also denied knowledge of dissidents who were arrested trying to meet him. Asked if he had wanted to meet dissidents in Cuba, and what he would have wanted to say to them, the Pope demurred, declining to answer hypothetical questions. Reports have indicated that some 50 dissidents were arrested outside the Holy See’s embassy where Pope Francis stayed in Havana. Pope Francis added that he declined numerous requests for private audiences, including those from heads of state."