by Norman Horowitz
Yesterday, I questioned the hypocrisy of punishing Ozzie Guillen for “admiring” Fidel Castro while simultaneously honoring the repression of our trading partner China. I also questioned the hypocrisy of apologizing to the victims of Castro’s dictatorship while simultaneously ignoring the victims of the US-backed dictatorship of Fulgencio Batistia, whom Castro overthrew.
Today, I have a new “proportional dilemma”:
[Last month,] Pope Benedict XVI…met with Fidel Castro for a half-hour before departing for Rome, wrapping up a weeklong trip to Mexico and Cuba.
The pope did not meet with Cuban dissidents during his trip…
The site where the pope delivered Wednesday’s Mass — Havana’s Plaza of the Revolution — is the same place where Castro…delivered countless speeches over the decades.
If critics of the Castro government were looking for a more direct challenge to Cuba’s one-party state and a push for greater political freedoms, Benedict did not deliver.
If Catholics insist that Ozzie Guillen must apologize, will they also insist that Pope Benedict apologize? If Guillen must step down from his job for five days as punishment, must the Pope also step down for five days?