With one statement a Catholic priest has tarnished both the Catholic Church and the United Nations. Pretty amazing, huh?
Fr. Miguel D’Escoto, a Catholic priest who was born in America but later joined the communist Sandanistas in Niceragua, is now the current president of the UN General Assembly. Yesterday, D’Escoto called Fidel Castro “the closest thing we have to a saint.”
In case you might think I’m taking this out of context, here’s what he said yesterday at the UN, according to The Real Cuba: “I’m still in debt – and I think all of humanity is – with Fidel Castro, who has dedicated all his life to support and promote solidarity with all the oppressed people of the world. More than a hero, Fidel is the closest thing that we have to a saint in this troubled world.”
Now, according to “The Black Book of Communism,” Castro is responsible for the firing squad murder of at least 14,000 people, tyrannical oppression, and torture.
D’Escoto, whose senior advisers are Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn, has not been excoriated publicly for these comments at all as far as I can see.
I can’t help but compare the dramatic reactions our cultural elite have had to Bishop Williamson’s outrageous denying of the Holocaust to their non-reaction to a priest who is head of the U.N. General Assembly who is not only ignoring the actions of a murderous regime but in fact praising the leader of that regime. And not only is he calling Castro ‘a swell guy’ like every celebrity who goes over there but D’Escoto is calling him a saint that we are indebted to.
Will there be calls for him to step down from the U.N., be excommunicated from the Church, travel to Cuba on a listening tour? Well, let’s just say I haven’t heard anything yet.
Well maybe within U.N. General Assembly UN General Assembly, Fidel Castro is “the closest thing we have to a saint.” Seriously though, or as seriously I can take such a profoundly stupid statement, it is amazing how many murderous dictators and their murderous assistants get praised by those on the left. I guess maybe it is just me, but I doubt the Diocese of Havana will be petitioning the Vatican five years after Castro death for sainthood. Though maybe they will declare the first miracle of converting his murderous henchmen Che to a darling of the left with his iconic presence. Che has become Veronica’s veil for the left.