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USCCB backs Obama on easing travel to Cuba

Catholic World News - January 17, 2011

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has praised President Barack Obama for his executive order easing restrictions on travel to Cuba.

Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany, New York, the chairman of the US bishops’ committee on justice and peace, said that the executive order took “modest but important steps” in allowing for greater travel and direct assistance to the people of Cuba. He predicted that “greater people-to-people assistance to Cubans will be another step toward supporting the people of Cuba in achieving greater freedom, human rights, and religious liberty."

The US bishops, along with the Vatican, have frequently called for an end to the 50-year-old embargo on Cuba, arguing that restrictions on trade and travel have harmed the country's people rather than the Castro regime.

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  • Posted by: williiam ronner - Jan. 18, 2011 6:51 PM ET USA

    I own a home in Bishop Hubbard's diocese and feel the need to leave that diocese to attend Mass. The liturgical abuses are massive. The diocese is believed to have refused the now Father Corapi entry into its seminary as he was a dinosaur because he prayed the Rosary, believed in a male only priesthood, and supported the Church's position on homosexuality. CHECK OUT WWW.GOODBYEBADBISHOPS.COM for more info.

  • Posted by: non-faithfulcatholicschools7869 - Jan. 18, 2011 10:10 AM ET USA

    The Idea that we help support the Communist Regime in Cuba has never been a good one. Allowing US Dollars to flow will only strengthen the hold on Cuba by the Communists. But...the last person who should be extolling the benefits of the program is Bishop Hubbard. Didn't he just give Communion to the NY Abortionist Governor and Lt Governor? Didn't he just SCANDALIZE Catholics by endorsing the Gay Movement as OK by endorsing the NY Governor? And the USCCB says its OK. Fancy that!

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