Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $36,934 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Vatican official's visit confirms improved Church-state relations in Cuba

Catholic World News - June 18, 2010

Buoyed by new signs of openness from their country’s government, and a visit by a ranking Vatican official, Church leaders in Cuba have voiced the hope that Pope Benedict XVI will visit their country in 2012, for the 400th anniversary of the icon of Our Lady of El Cobre.

Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States—the rough equivalent of a foreign minister—was in Cuba this week for talks with government officials as well as Church leaders. During a June 16 public address, Archbishop Mamberti spoke on the proper understanding of secularism, noting that the concept “would not exist at all were it not for Christianity.”

True secularism, the archbishop said, can flourish only where there is religious freedom. If religious expressions are suppressed in the name of secularism, he warned, the result is “a real threat to that freedom.” A state that restricts religious witness, he said, “paradoxically becomes a confessional state-- no longer truly secular-- because it would make secularism a supreme value, a dominant ideology, a kind of religion with its own civil rites and liturgies.”

The Cuban government, in its statements on the visit by Archbishop Mamberti, confirmed the improved relations with the Church, and noted that diplomatic ties with the Vatican have survived intact despite tensions that arose when Fidel Castro came to power.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($125,313 to go):
$150,000.00 $24,687.05
84% 16%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Church Moves On, Slowly 0 hours ago
Is Cardinal Kasper losing his grip? 5 hours ago
The Pope is not the problem October 23
Do not confuse sacramental discipline and Catholic doctrine. October 23
Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal October 22

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6