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December 9, 1998, Cuba Free Press.

CARDINAL ORTEGA ASKS "WHAT ARE WE DOING" FOR HUMAN RIGHTS? By Efren Martinez Pulgarón, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - Cardinal Jaime Ortega, highest ranking Roman Catholic church official in Cuba, in the December archdiocesan bulletin "Here the Church" (Aquí la Iglesia), has expressed his thoughts on the 50th anniversary of the universal declaration of human rights.

In the bulletin's section on "The voice of the bishop" (La voz del obispo), the cardinal said the whole human race has wanted to establish a code of essential rights which would lead to justice, liberty and peace for all men.

The ecclesiastic authority said "this huge effort is still in early stages, since few countries fully respect the rights of people." So as to understand "the importance of human rights for the church, or better still, the rights of the individual, it is better to look at men and women as beings, as God's masterwork in the midst of creation."

The archbishop provided a biblical analysis of human rights. He reminded readers that in the first three chapters of Genesis are found the first writings on human rights. He said the old and new testaments also offer a variety of ideas on the different duties of humanity.

As part of his message, the archbishop said that even today there is an imposition of social rights upon the misunderstood individual rights of men, setting priorities according to a more or less "liberal" ideology or some Marxist inspiration. He quoted John Paul II when he said that human rights should be considered as a whole.

Cardinal Ortega added, "The final objective of the social rights dealing with food, health and education is the well being of man, who is a social entity. Personal freedoms dealing with religious faith, ideology, site of residence, unrestricted movement from one place to the other, free expression of thoughts and of association and of education, and the personal duties of men form the core of society." He said there is still a long way to go before humanity obtains the full enjoyment of its rights.

He said, "We hope that this anniversary will arouse the reflection of men in government and political parties, and of jurists, scientists and a greater number of inhabitants of our planet." On the Cuban theme he said, "It is appropriate to ask ourselves: What are we doing for the integral rights of the human being?"

Efrén Martínez Pulgarón, Cuba Free Press.


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