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So, Pope Benedict visited Cuba just recently, and it sounds like he and Fidel Castro ended up having a pretty interesting conversation:
Quote:Earlier, Pope Benedict met the revolutionary leader and former president.

The meeting was described by a Vatican spokesman as "animated and cordial", with the two men even sharing a joke about their ages.

According to the spokesman, Federico Lombardi, they discussed Church liturgy and the inability of science to solve all future challenges.

He said Fidel Castro, wearing a track suit, had said he was glad that Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa of Calcutta had been set on the way to sainthood "because both did a lot for Cuba, especially Mother Teresa, who gave her life for the poorest of the poor".
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-17545170

I guess that's one big backer for John Paul II. I'd also be interested to hear what exactly Castro had to say about liturgy. Maybe he prefers the TLM?
Sounds like B16 chums up easier to communist revolutionaries than traditional Catholics. 
(03-30-2012, 09:25 AM)Mithrandylan Wrote: [ -> ]Sounds like B16 chums up easier to communist revolutionaries than traditional Catholics. 

Well, that's not really fair.  He was very critical of communism in his speeches there.  See, for example, http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/28/world/amer...index.html

Also, to the OP's question, they did discuss liturgy:

"On the liturgy, the pope said Castro told him, 'It’s not the Mass I knew in my youth.'

From http://www.catholicfreepress.org/feature...m-to-cuba/  via http://stlouiscatholic.blogspot.com/2012...gical.html.
Yes, it does indeed sound like the current Supreme Pontiff did indeed preach the gospel of Americanism.

Thanks be to John Courtney Murray, S.J., Time Magazine, Henry Luce, and lest we forget, Clare Booth Luce.
(03-30-2012, 09:25 AM)Mithrandylan Wrote: [ -> ]Sounds like B16 chums up easier to communist revolutionaries than traditional Catholics. 

C'mon now. 
(03-30-2012, 09:49 AM)Dusty_Bottoms Wrote: [ -> ]
(03-30-2012, 09:25 AM)Mithrandylan Wrote: [ -> ]Sounds like B16 chums up easier to communist revolutionaries than traditional Catholics. 

Well, that's not really fair.  He was very critical of communism in his speeches there.  See, for example, http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/28/world/amer...index.html

Also, to the OP's question, they did discuss liturgy:

"On the liturgy, the pope said Castro told him, 'It’s not the Mass I knew in my youth.'

From http://www.catholicfreepress.org/feature...m-to-cuba/  via http://stlouiscatholic.blogspot.com/2012...gical.html.

Funny world.  Maybe Castro will die a good Traditionalist.  :LOL:
Well, if I am not mistaken, I believe when he first hit the scene, and was either looking for funding in NY, or doing whatever work he was involved to start the revolution, he pretended he was a priest.

I remember my mother telling me this years ago. Where she got that info, I do not know. It could have been propaganda from who Scipio would refer to as the good guys.

Does this ring true with anyone?
(03-30-2012, 02:58 PM)Adam Wayne Wrote: [ -> ]Well, if I am not mistaken, I believe when he first hit the scene, and was either looking for funding in NY, or doing whatever work he was involved to start the revolution, he pretended he was a priest.

I remember my mother telling me this years ago. Where she got that info, I do not know. It could have been propaganda from who Scipio would refer to as the good guys.

Does this ring true with anyone?

Never heard that one, but wouldn't surprise me.  Fidel Castro is a fascinating man, an enigma.  He seems disillusioned of Communism in a fairly serious way, and seems drawn to the Faith.  Time will tell.
(03-30-2012, 09:25 AM)Mithrandylan Wrote: [ -> ]Sounds like B16 chums up easier to communist revolutionaries than traditional Catholics. 

Commies, Jews, Heretics.... you name it! 
(03-31-2012, 12:10 AM)Adeodatus01 Wrote:Yeah! Who's Benny gonna dine with next, a publican?

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