"Working together for a free Cuba"




Letter from The Cuban Coalition for the Constitution of 1940 in response to the letter of the President of the conference of Catholic Bishops of the United States to president George W. Bush of May 18th, 2004.

The Cuban Coalition for the Constitution of 1940, on its legal and constitutional capacity for the Republic of Cuba, considers necessary to issue this communiqué and our opinion may reach the President of the United States, in response to the recent letter of the President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of the United States, Reverend Wilton Gregory, to the President George W. Bush, on which Reverend Gregory asks for the recommendations of the Commission to strengthen the economic embargo to Cuba and to restrain even more traveling to Cuba, may not be accepted. Consequently, Reverend Gregory’s letter expresses that in full agreement with the Pope, John Paul II, and the Cuban bishops, the Agency that he presides considers the economic embargo morally unacceptable and politically counterproductive.

We consider important to say that the opinion expressed by Reverend Gregory, which in his letter he states to be the same as the one Pope John Paul II and the Cuban bishops have, is not the same as the one of the immense majority of the CUBAN Catholic people, including Cuban priests and deacons in and out of Cuba, who consider the embargo subject, as ethical and a matter of principles. Trading with the enemy and helping to economically sustain him with the fruit of the effort and work of those who live in the United States (a nation that Castro considers his worst enemy) receiving and making use of the implied benefits that grants the condition of political refugees, that escape from the repressive Castro-Communist system, is really an injustice and a lack of ethics and fundamental moral values.

The Cuban Adjustment Act, issued for the only benefit of those who escape from the persecution and the repressive Castro-Communist system of Cuba, is practically a subterfuge by the Cubans who take advantage from it, going out of Cuba in a definitive manner, to reside in the United States and go back to Cuba on vacation in less than a year, several times a year, even to do illicit businesses, as in many cases that we all know.

The Cuban Catholic people expects a greater commitment from it’s Church, and an official protest to join its people’s pain, in front of the multiple imprisonments and the death threats that at this precise moment many men suffer, as Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet who is about to perish of starvation in the inhuman Cuban jails.


The huge capital flow originated from traveling to Cuba and the unlimited remissions sent by “refugees” from the United States, help to keep Castro in power, and for him to continue exporting terrorism, feeding the Latin American guerrillas, for many years trained in Cuba. As Venezuelan Cardinal José Castillo Lara has just said: “…to be able to buy votes and deceive democracy in the nations that still keep a democratic system of elections in the hemisphere, as recently done in Venezuela.”

By the same token, sending free oil to Cuba by Chavez’ government in Venezuela, does not result in a benefit for the people of Cuba, who do not see one only drop of that oil; neither they receives it, nor this helps the general consumer to enjoy a higher quote of gas. Black outs and shortages of water are of daily occurrence. The Venezuelan oil is only good to fatten Castro’s and his agents bank accounts abroad, as well as Chávez’ own accounts, robbing from the national resources, while burying in poverty the sister nation of Venezuela since the arrival of Chavez to power.

The economic embargo of the United States to Cuba should not represent a major problem to Castro, who can freely trade with the rest of the world. Had Castro loved his people more and had he left power earlier, the embargo would not exist today.

The Cuban Catholic people, in a great majority, approved the measures recommended by the Commission for a Free Cuba to President George W. Bush, and respectfully requests to the bishops of the United States and to Pope John Paul II to join their voices of condemnation to the people who suffer persecution and exile for over 45 long years.

It is necessary that Bishop Gregory asks Fidel Castro and his totalitarian government to allow free elections and not to continue any longer usurping the power that he acquired illegitimately and unconstitutionally. Enough Cubans, by the way, many of them Catholic, have died in Cuban jails while the world and some members of the Church close their mouths.

When Castro leaves power, there will be no need for embargo or any other restrictions. It is precisely Castro who has imposed an embargo on his own people, at the form of an Apartheid, by not allowing them to enjoy hotels, beaches and restaurants which, are only for the use and access of foreigners and tourists with access to foreign currency.

It is necessary to condemn and eradicate the prostitution of minors and the traffic of human beings that Castro now exploits in Cuba, with a very high rate of AIDS and venereal diseases. It is a matter of honor to condemn abortion in the country with the highest per capita figure of death by abortion in all the Americas.

It is time to apply the measures recommended and even other stronger in order to condemn with a loud voice the long list of crimes commited for 45 long years under the Communist and obsolete regime of Fidel Castro.


High rank officials of the Cuban government have emphatically said that the ones who send remissions of money are the labor force abroad, and that the same correspond to the tax that they have to pay for the education they received, to which the fiscal exemption joins by collections of permits. Cubans, even after banished still continue with the shackles of slavery.

In the Message of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Cuba, “Love Expects it All”, issued in Havana, in the symbolic date of September 8th of 1993, on its third points says:

- “ More than occasional measures of emergency, an economic project of defined limits is necessary, capable of inspiring and move the energies of the whole people.”

Among other comments, in response to these demands, almost ten years after the emission of the Pastoral of the Bishops, it is evident: Communists, to say it in formal terms, have created a dual economy, as follows:

- One scoped abroad that they call “solvent”,
- And another one to survive.

In the process, they squander the national patrimony, appropriating the means of production, all with the complicity of foreign interests, making corruption more acute in its broadest sense.

We may conclude that the crisis in Cuba was and continues to be structural, which demands therefore, for changes in the political organization and in the so called relations of production, radically eliminating the economic “patches” for partial or temporary solutions.

The document “The Fatherland is for All” declares with sobriety and transparency:

1. The philosophy of the government is not the one to serve the people, but the one of being its dictator.
2. The main objective is not to guarantee the citizens a quality for life with a decorous minimum.
3. The power, through a totalitarian control is the end that politics pursues.
4. We can conclude that there is no program either to give a solution to the economic and social crisis.


At the end of the document we can read:

1. On January 28th, the government of the United Sates published a Plan of Support to the Transition, there was no alternative response by the Cuban government. Bill Clinton’s Administration offered 11 Billion dollars, without any condition, without obtaining any response from Cuba.)

2. There is no doubt that we have to re-state and re-design the socio-economic policy to improve the outcome.

3. Both, the society and the economy have to stop being used to exercise control, in order to get inserted in the context of the intense international competition and the dynamic technological change.

4. What is stated by the Party (Communist) is not that, but maintaining the “status quo” of a totalitarian system that is obsolete.

5. They want to get us trapped in the social and economic underdevelopment, in the middle of a very dynamic and competitive world.

Mr. President George W. Bush, Reverend Wilton Gregory that is the true feeling of the majority of our Cuban Catholic people.

(We respectfully ask the Ideal magazine and La Voz Católica to publish this Comuniqué with the same transparency that the letter of Rev. Wilton Gregory was published.)

Miami, August 16 of 2004


CC President George W. Bush
Pope John Paul II
Rev. Wilton Gregory
Mons. Louis Thoreau
Mons. Agustin Roman
La Voz Católica
Revista Ideal

Source: www.NetforCuba.org