Church vs State
As you no doubt recall, the magazine was published by the Church in Pinar del Rio province but it was distributed nationally, although in minute numbers.
It seems that Vitral had become too “polemical”, making not-too-subtle references to human rights violations on the island, poor pay and conditions for workers, and widespread economic deprivation and inequality.
So, you may want to have a read of this opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal today.
The author, Mary Anastasia O’Grady, argues that in shutting down Vitral the Church has "yielded to pressure” from the thugs in the Castro regime.
“What is more troubling for Catholics, both inside and outside the country, is what the gag order says about the Church's leadership, which has long been accused of preferring collaboration over confrontation with the dictatorship,” Ms O’Grady says.
“Considering what happened in Poland, many had hoped the Church might lead the Cuban people to freedom. But now Catholics on the island are expressing a painful sense of betrayal. Whether out of fear of or sympathy with the regime, the Church seems to have capitulated.”
Well, it’s one way of looking at the demise of the feisty publication. Iam sure there are others.
Read the entire article here.