For the United States to economically support a communist nation that imposes strict and unfair rules on its people would be extremely contradictory to our fundamental truths.
Our fundamental truths must be grounded in the Truth. The fullness of truth subsists in the Catholic Church, not in the United States. Be careful not to speak about government as if you were talking about the Church. They’re not the same and the government does not deserve the reverence that the Church deserves.
It does not make sense for us to openly trade with a communist regime and for the Pope to call our practices “unfair” is offensive. Millions of Americans have died (Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWII, Vietnam War etc.) to ensure that every single human being can live a free and prosperous life with certain God given rights.
The Pope was not offending those people who gave up their lives for this country. Those people did not create or maintain an embargo that does not work and that keeps the citizens of a nation living in poverty. In the meantime, we do business with other regimes and have always done business with them: USSR, China, the Arab countries, Israel, and Venezuela. I believe that Citgo is owned by Hugo Chavez. It’s one of the major competitors in the gasoline industry in the USA. Hugo Chavez is another Fidel Castro.
Communism is not a friend of Catholicism and for the Pope to suggest such is not reflective of the message that God has taught us.
Capitalism is not a friend of Catholicism either. Neither is the USA. Read the other threads on this forum.
However, Jesus is the friend to all people of all nations, whether they live in a Communist country or a Capitalist one. The pope speaks for Christ about Christ’s people, not about and for the USA.
It’s time for the Vatican to stand up alongside America
When was the last time that the USA stood up with the Vatican?
Actually, the Vatican has always stood by the USA. In recent history, Pope John Paul stood by Ronald Reagan to bring down the Iron Curtain. During early American history, the Vatican authorized missions to the US, even though George Washington wrote a discussting letter warning statesmen not to trust the Papists.
The Vatican allowed Bishop John Carrol to found the first religious community of women in the US. They went on to found the first school system in the US, the first hospital system in the US, the first orphanages in the US and the Lunchroom program. I would say that counts as standing up with America where it counts, in service to the American people, not to the government.
and send a clear message to Cuba and other communist countries and express our collective disapproval of their unfair practices.
We can do that at the same time that we send our collective disapproval of the United States’ unfair practices toward Catholics. Have you communicated that to the White House yet? Have you challenged the White House on its abuse of Catholics and our institutions?
Have you reminded judges that to say that a Catholic institution does not qualify for government funding because it does not pay for abortion is a violation of the rights of citizens who benefit from those services and citizens who would be unemployed if those agencies closed down?
We cannot ask the Vatican to stand by America when America exports abortion, contraceptives, gay marriage, pornography, weapons to corrupt governments and has an inconsistent trade policy. At the end of the day, what can today’s Cuba do to the USA? Cuba can’t even fire a bow and arrow. The days of Milk and Honey for the Castro regime died when the Soviet Union died, maybe earlier. In the meantime, all of our allies have trade agreements with Cuba. We’re not asking them to stand by us.
We are Catholics first, then Americans. Our first allegiance is to the Church, not to America. America is not the means to our sanctity. The Church is. I rather be a saint than an American.