January 11, 2012
Fabiola Santiago, The Miami Herald
From these shores, the heartland of the Cuban exile, the announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will travel to Cuba on March 26th has been received with mixed emotions.
“A springtime of faith,” is the code phrase Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski and the controversial Cardinal Jaime Ortega in Havana have used to move Catholics on both shores to embrace the papal visit.
But forgive us, Archbishop, so many of us want to say to Wenski, the beloved priest who leads the Catholic Archdiocese of Miami, if that beautiful phrase doesn’t have the intended evocation of the Arab spring. We’re weary of the “signs” from Cuba, which ring more than ever as if they’re no more than another round of false hope.