Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega provoked the ire of anti-Castro groups inside and outside Cuba, following a conference at Harvard University, where he criticized dissidents who occupied churches before the Pope’s arrival this past March.
In an editorial published on the website of Radio and TV Marti — which belongs to the US government — the head of the Cuban Catholic Church was described as a “lackey” and accused of lacking the understanding and compassion to understand human reality.
According to reports from Miami, the cardinal attacked the dissidents, defamed the late bishop of the exile community (Monsignor Roman), and is engaged in a “political conspiracy” with Raul Castro. Meanwhile, domestic opponents claim that the bishop and other “church officials are sympathetic to the government.”
Orlando Marquez, the press spokesperson for the archdiocese’s in Cuba, said that what was stated in the address by Cardinal Jaime Ortega was taken out of context, and he immediately handed us a transcript of the speech so that we could understand the true meaning and sense of his words.(read more here)