.- Distancing herself from the recent criticism of the Church in Cuba and its role in the release of political prisoners, Laura Pollan, spokeswoman for the Women in White, stated that âIn Cuba there is no better mediatorâ than the Catholic Church, because it is an institution without a political agenda.
Speaking to Europa Press, Pollan applauded the efforts led by Cardinal Jaime Ortega of Havana to negotiate the release 52 political prisoners who were arrested in 2003. âIn Cuba there is no better mediator than the Catholic Church because the other organizations are at the service of the (Castro) regime,â she said.
A total of 165 Cuban dissidents, including some political prisoners, sent a letter to Pope Benedict XVI last week criticizing the âunfortunateâ role the Catholic Church in Cuba played in the âexilingâ dissidents to Spain. The letter called for an end to the Churchâs âpolitical supportâ for the Castro regime, which they referred to as âSatanâs commissioners on earth.â
The Cuban clergy immediately rejected the âoffensive contentâ of the letter and stressed that their mediation with the Castro government for the release of 52 political prisoners âwas not based on politics,â although they acknowledged that âthis mediation could have been interpreted in various ways.â
Pollan said âthe families of the political prisonersâ who have been released or are part of the group of 52 âare thankful to the Catholic Church for what it has achieved because they are now or will soon be free men and women.â