Pope Francis 'grieves' over death of Fidel Castro who persecuted Catholics & lived in luxury while Cubans starved

On November 25, 2016, Cuba’s longtime dictator Fidel Castro finally died at the ripe old age of 90.
Reuters reports the next day:

Pope Francis said the death of Cuba’s revolutionary leader Fidel Castro was “sad news” and that he was grieving and praying for his repose.
Francis expressed his condolences in a Spanish-language message to Fidel’s brother, President Raul Castro on Saturday.
The pope, who met Fidel Castro when he visited Cuba last year, said he had received the “sad news” and added: “I express to you my sentiments of grief.”

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The dictionary defines “grief” as sadness, pain, or great sorrow over a loss.
Below is a glimpse of the kind of man Fidel Castro was, for whose death Pope Francis, real name Jorge Bergoglio, “grieves”:

  • Though baptized as a Catholic and educated in schools run by the Jesuits, the same religious order as Bergoglio, Castro was an avowed atheist who persecuted the Catholic church during his reign, sending priests to re-education camps and restricting the celebration of Christian holidays. Castro was reportedly excommunicated under an anti-Communist decree by Pope Pius XII in 1962.
  • Forbes magazine reports that despite the warm reception given Pope Francis last fall, the Cuban government not only continues to persecute Christians, a new report by Christian Solidarity Worldwide warns of “an unprecedented crackdown on churches across the denominational spectrum,” which has fueled a spike in reported violations of freedom of religion or belief to 2,300 cases of violations in 2016 from just 40 cases in 2011. Many of the government’s crackdowns “involved entire churches or, in the cases of arrests, dozens of victims.”
  • While pretending to be for the common people, Fidel actually lived a life of luxury and debauchery, according to a book by Castro’s longtime bodyguard Juan Reinaldo Sanchez, The Double Life of Fidel Castro: My 17 Years as Personal Bodyguard to El Líder Maximo. As recounted by the New York Post: “With his shaggy beard and rumpled, olive-drab fatigues, Fidel Castro presented himself to the world as a modest man of the people. At times, he claimed he made just 900 pesos ($43) a month and lived in a ‘fisherman’s hut’ somewhere on the beach. But Castro’s public image was a carefully crafted myth, more fiction than fact. While his people suffered, Fidel Castro lived in comfort — keeping everything, including his eight children, his many mistresses, even his wife, a secret . . . . Castro . . . made a personal fortune offering safe haven to drug traffickers, bedded a bevy of women over the decades, and once threatened his own brother, Raul, with execution when the brother lapsed into alcoholism in the ’90s . . . . Castro kept 20 luxurious properties throughout the Caribbean nation, including his own island, accessed via a yacht decorated entirely in exotic wood imported from Angola . . . . [Castro’s 5 sons with his second wife] grew up in hidden luxury on an estate outside Havana. With its orange, lemon, mandarin, grapefruit and banana trees, the estate resembled a veritable garden of Eden — especially if one compared it with the notorious ration book that all Cubans had to use to buy food. . . . Each member of the family possessed his or her own cow, ‘so as to satisfy each one’s individual taste, since the acidity and creaminess of fresh milk varies from one cow to another.'” Meanwhile, the Cuban people lived in deep poverty — of crumbling houses, food rations, and teen prostitution. Political opponents were executed by the thousands by firing squad, or sentenced to decades of hard labor.

To call Jorge Bergoglio “Pope” is a travesty.
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Sigh. This is just so, so wrong.

Anonymous
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The wonders that Liberation Theology can accomplish…

haskelle
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haskelle

This pope has been a major disappointment from day one. He is an embarrassment to the Catholic Church.

Steven Broiles
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What can be said at this point? Pope John Paul II went to Cuba, where Castro gave him a warm welcome, but nothing changed. Castro was hell-bound from the start, and that was his choice. He betrayed his own revolution, and Eisenhower said he should have been hanged or shot for that. The Bay of Pigs was a fiasco engineered to embarrass President Kennedy. The New York Times and the faux-intellectual crowd did everything they could to propel Castro to power. I think the way to cover the history of the whole mess is to trace this back to Fatima,… Read more »

ufferndan
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I’m a protestant, so for that, and out of respect for learned Christians, it would be wrong for me to criticize the Holy Father. However, since the death of Pope John Paul II, I have not felt the love for ALL humanity – through righteous understanding – coming from the Vatican. Pope Francis, while seeming to care deeply for the downtrodden, fails to criticize the men whose beliefs cause such chaos. He shows compassion for middle-eastern refugees, but none for western Europeans whose lives are ruined by the Islamist diaspora. Similarly, to grieve over the death of Fidel Castro, without… Read more »

Steven Broiles
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I believe that criticism of this man’s record is a moral imperative and a necessity. All human beings are open to criticism—constructive or otherwise—for their statements and actions. I believe the man is out to destroy the Catholic Church (if such a thing could be done). You do what you see fit; I call it a sort of bourgeois morality. I believe it would be a SIN not to point out to others what this man has said, what he has done, and the implications or consequences of each. Why? Because the FIRST DUTY of Charity is truth. If you… Read more »

ufferndan
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Perhaps you missed my point. Please allow me to clarify. As a protestant, my knowledge of Catholic doctrine is almost zero. My reluctance to criticize the Pope is primarily based on my own inability to comprehend which of his actions are ‘undermining the Catholic church’. This is not an argument about Christianity per se. It has nothing to do with Trump, Limbaugh or Hannity either. You are free to disparage me for being a protestant, but I take no offense at your position. You will agree that some strongly held views of Catholics are not shared by protestants, for example… Read more »

Longknife 21
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Longknife 21

“The Bay of Pigs was a fiasco engineered to embarrass President Kennedy” Kennedy chickened out. Not only was the Navy Air cover cancelled, but the support for the “Free Cuban Air Force” was cut off at the last minute. Even the CIA Radio Broadcasts to arouse the Cubans to help the Liberators and fight Castro’s forces were cancelled. There was no relief and no evacuation allowed. A few did get away, but only through luck and determination. Dem ‘Liberals’ backed the whole plan until it the grunts really hit the beach and then folded and said, “Oh! No! Not us!”… Read more »

Steven Broiles
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Kennedy did not “chicken out.” He refused, correctly, in my opinion, to be drawn into a war that he did not want to be drawn into. I do not see a totally objective historical record without examining, in detail, the criminal career of George H.W. Bush, who has made it a point to cause trouble everywhere he goes. The man is insidious. As to criticizing Frankenpope, I believe that criticism is not only called for, but a moral imperative, a necessity, a command. The man is out to destroy the Catholic Church. I do not believe the man is even… Read more »

stlonginus
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An atheist ‘pope’ isn’t possible. Please read, or re-read, “Cum Ex Apostolatus Officio” of Pope Paul IV.
An atheist cannot be pope. Bergoglio heads up a new protestant sect, nothing more.
The Catholic Church is no longer operating inside the Vatican and it hasn’t for a very long time, well before Bergoglio.
(I won’t use ‘frankenpope’ because it includes the word pope — and Bergoglio isn’t. Neither were his 4 predecessors.)

Glenn47
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Glenn47

I have not cared for this Pope from day one. I don’t know if his thought process is because of where he was from or if he has just fallen into the liberal trap. To me, he never seemed like a Pope in my mind should be.
I am sad for the Catholics of the world that just want to live their lives in true Catholic tradition.
Hopefully, the next choice will be better, for they made a huge error this time around.

Lana
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Lana

Good comments Steven et all. I would simply say, what does one expect from a fellow communist? There is plenty of evidence to suggest that Frankenpope (I love it) is a either a crypto Jew or Freemason, or both. And indeed according to Stephan Molyneau and Juri Lina, Castro was a Jewish Freemason too. Birds of a feather, or should I say lizards of a scale.

stlonginus
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“And indeed according to Stephan Molyneau and Juri Lina, Castro was a Jewish Freemason too.” Aren’t all good, high-ranking Jesuits? 🙂 There is good evidence that Karol Wojtyla’s mother was Jewish. See Yaacov Wise’s blog, Jewish History and Society, dated Nov. 30, 2005. The post is titled: Was the Late Pope Jewish? “According to Orthodox Judaism, a person’s Jewish identity is passed down through the maternal line.” Franco Bellegrandi’s book (available as a pdf online) discusses Montini’s (Paul VI) homosexuality, among other things. This made Montini quite open to blackmail. A multi-part documentary “Papal Imposters, Historical Precedents” available on youtube… Read more »

Steven Broiles
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I have read credible posts (in the past) that indicated that John XXIII, John Paul II and Frankenpope were or are Masons. Frankenpope was photographed (before he was elected Pope) on a subway with the famous Masonic pose of right hand in-and-under coat.
A close reading of John XXIII’s Pacem in Terra credibly reveals that it is a Masonic document.

stlonginus
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And the Church (prior to Vatican II) had warned that belonging to Masonry was wholly incompatible with Catholicism and was an offense worthy of excommunication. How then can a ‘pope’ also be a mason, communist, or atheist? According to the papal bull “Cum Ex Apostolatus Officio” of Pope Paul IV, dated February 15, 1559, a non-Catholic or a manifest heretic cannot be pope. Such a person immediately loses office or NEVER validly attained office. It’s an excellent document that every Catholic should know. And it is still in effect, despite what some ‘traditionalists’ and/or novus ordo types may argue. The… Read more »

Dan
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Castro’s persecution of the Church is legendary, making PFs unqualified grief at his death a public scandal and grievous insult to the priests, nuns, and laity brutally tortured, murdered, and improsoned for their faith. At the same time he refuses to respond to the four cardinals’ request that he affirm either that there are absolutes moral truths, or, that it is not the case that there are absolute moral truths–independent of the quite different matter of individual moral culpability or hand waving appeals to mercy and love. He publicly denounces Catholic traditionalists while embracing, one after the other, the most… Read more »

stlonginus
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According to Bishop Williamson, Bergoglio did give an answer to the 4 cardinals. Go to Williamson’s website for his latest ‘Eleison Comments’. I haven’t followed the 4 cardinals or the goings-on in the past 6 months or so. I’ve grown very tired of the same old, same old. I mean, how many times do Catholics (who know even just the basics of the faith) have to be beaten over the head with the obvious? The Church was infiltrated hundreds of years ago and those who committed the infiltration had their man on the throne in 1958–some say Roncalli got the… Read more »

YouKnowWho
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YouKnowWho

I’m not catholic, but this pope seems to be the antithesis of the faith. Some more progressive blather I suppose. I’m just glad my parents taught me right from wrong. And a rose by any other name…………………………..

Txfella
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….which begs the question; is Francis any better than Fidel?

Longknife 21
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Longknife 21

Miami Ice Cream Shop Introduces New Flavor… ‘Burn In Hell Fidel’
https://www.weaselzippers.us/310542-miami-ice-cream-shop-introduces-new-flavor-burn-in-hell-fidel/
Quemar en el infierno Fidel. I’ll have a double scoop, please.
Azucar Ice Cream Company’s sweet revenge, homemade chocolate ice cream, which is given a huge kick of cayenne.

Alma
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Pope Francis is from the order of the JESUITS, They are liberals, socialists, progressives, hypocrites and the least Catholics, they dominate the church, they control the money and Rome, and if given the opportunity, they would too, control the world, I’M A PRACTICING CATHOLIC, I have known many priests and nuns who really are devoted to God, they do God’s service and are not politicians.

Alma
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Yes Dr. Eowyn, I should have not express my thoughts in such manner. Not all Jesuits are the way I said, My son studied at BELEN JESUIT PREPARATORY SCHOOL, all the young men there have turned out to be great men. The priest in my hometown was a Jesuit, he was a great priest devoted to us, HIS CHURCH, I offer my humble apologies.

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