This Sunday, the Cuban Catholic Church asked the Government of its country for an update of the legislation in the political order, demanding “larger reforms.” It also called for a social dialogue.
“(…) We believe it is essential in our Cuban reality the updating of the national legislation in the political order,” said a pastoral letter entitled “Hope does not disappoint”, sent by the church to be read at all Masses and published on the website of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Cuba (COCC for its Spanish acronym).
The same document indicates, in forty points, that Cuba is called to be a “plural society” and “the sum of many Cuban realities” and to not fear the development of a social autonomy “strong and responsible.”
“Our society should have the right of diversity of thinking, creativity and the search for truth. From diversity comes the need for dialogue,” notes the letter.
The bishops say that the urgency of these changes are due to the “constraints, shortages, lack of family or personal progress”, especially in young people.
The same letter regrets material poverty in the country, stating that low wages are not enough to sustain a family with dignity.
20 years ago, Cuban bishops sent the first pastoral letter entitled “Love conquers all” about the situation in Cuba at the height of the severe economic crisis occurred in the 90’s.