MIAMI, April 27th 2012. Assembly of the Cuban Resistance. The Assembly of the Cuban Resistance has issued the following declaration, which was approved and subscribed by the members of its Secretariat, in reference to the declarations made by Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamnio during his presentation at Harvard University .
“The Assembly of the Cuban Resistance deplores the declarations made by Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino in the recent forum titled ‘Church and Community: A Dialogue About the Role of the Catholic Church in Cuba’ which was held in Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts this past Tuesday, April 24th, 2012.
Our exile community, contrary to what the Cardinal intends to project, is proof of the capacity of reconciliation between Cubans and is an example of true solidarity with those who suffer the lack of fundamental freedoms and rights in the island. The reconciliation which the Cardinal refers to and promotes is reconciliation with those who, without a bit of remorse, continue repressing and perpetrating crimes against our people.
Cardinal Ortega takes advantage of the fact that our Bishop, Agustin Roman, has passed away and that he cannot refute to his statements, in which he falsely implies that there is censorship in Miami. Ortega’s statement has the objective of advancing his agenda as a collaborator of the Castro regime, and constitutes a new attempt on his part to discredit the Cuban exile community.
The fact that Cardinal Ortega utilizes the same detrimental language which the regime of Havana uses, referring to a group of Cubans who entered the Sanctuary of God to call attention on the lack of rights in Cuba as “common delinquents” and “people of lower cultural level” proves that such language reflects that of the oppressors of the Cuban people.
The Assembly of the Cuban Resistance reiterates its unconditional support for the men and women in Cuba who fight for and represent a free, independent, democratic, and blessed future for the Cuban nation”.