The Holy See has compromised with the Cuban government over the last two decades in order to gain more religious freedom for Catholics on the island. While many have criticized these deals, the Catholic Church now operates out in the open in Cuba, has scored some limited increased freedoms for the oppressed Cuban people, and has negotiated the release of political prisoners. However, the Cuban regime’s recent crackdown on dissidents will make it hard for the Church to justify its pragmatic approach to the Castro regime and may force some alterations.
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