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Death of a Dictator

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Otto Reich at NRO claims that Cuban tyrant Fidel Castro is dead, or soon will be. That has been suspected for some time, but Reich says that funeral arrangements are now definitely in the works. Cuban authorities are evidently modeling the funeral on that of Pope John Paul II, a comparison that Reich teases out in the rest of the article. One is inclined to say that the forthcoming grandiose tributes to Castro are risible, but it is hard to laugh given the long suffering of the Cuban people.

Kevin Schmiesing Kevin Schmiesing, Ph.D., is a research fellow for the research department at the Acton Institute. He is a frequent writer on Catholic social thought and economics, is the author of American Catholic Intellectuals, 1895-1955 (Edwin Mellen Press, 2002) and is most recently the author of Within the Market Strife: American Catholic Economic Thought from Rerum Novarum to Vatican II (Lexington Books, 2004). Dr. Schmiesing holds a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in history from Franciscan University ofSteubenville. Author of Within the Market Strife and American Catholic Intellectuals, 1895—1955 (2002), he serves as Book Review Editor for the Journal of Markets & Morality. He is also executive director of


  • John Paul II was also a dictator, so the funeral pattern of Castro won’t be really a farce…

    See the John Paul II MIllstone

  • David Michael Phelps

    Re: Paris Arrow’s comment:

  • Whoa
    meaning: I agree
    I disagree
    Yap, it’s so true……

  • I think it’s Whoa
    meaning: that might be the most ridiculous, crazy, absurd, nutty, and outright laughable comment ever made on this blog.

    That kind of Whoa.

  • And you too, Marc, defend the Pope-the holiest cohort in crime – more than the victims of his pedophile priests?

    See the image at

    Today is the fifth year anniversary of the 9/11 and World Trade Center attacks that claimed the lives of more than 5,000 Americans.

    The JPIIPP John Paul II Pedophile Priests army also claimed the body and soul of 12,000 American little boys (and girls) within the span of half of the 20th century.

    The consequences of the JPIIPP are more painful than the 9/11 because their little boys (and girls) victims who are now grown men (and women) continue to suffer a “living holocaust”…. from the years they burned within the Altar of Sodomy of John Paul II… their minds and bodies still burn today in a “living hell”…

    Pope John Paul II never apologized to these victims of his papal pedophile army. Neither has Benedict XVI apologized up to today.

    Today we remember:

    9/11 WTC – 5,000 victims – 19 Muslims attackers- Osama ben Laden

    JPIIPP – 12,000 victims – 5,149 Catholic priests attackers – John Paul II

    Rescue and Recovery International
    Bishops Accountability
    SNAP Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests