Quote(s) of the Week: On Popes and Pardons

Sunday, September 13, 2015
The Church's mediating role has weakened in that it has greater dialogue with the regime and less with civil society. I think the Church is losing a great opportunity to have the same kind of dialogue with society, above all when it declares that its mission is not political but rather spiritual.
-- Manuel Cuesta MorĂșa, Cuba dissident leader, EFE, 9/13/15

Every time a Pope goes to Cuba, the government releases a certain number of prisoners as 'a gift,' but that is not a solution to the problem -- for the problem is that the regime continues to criminalize the exercise of fundamental rights and, thus, there will continue to be political prisoners in Cuban jails.
-- Elizardo Sanchez, Cuban human rights monitor, EFE, 9/11/15