The last thing I want to do is get close to the criticism of the church that you can find in
But the church is a human institution, and Bishop Serpa of Pinar del
“No one ever spoke of ‘closing’ or ‘terminating’” the diocesan journal Vitral after 13 years of publication, Serpa says, but he has asked that Vitral maintain “the truth based in the gospel and the social doctrine of the church, without falling into aggressive and argumentative expression.” At the same time, his statement doesn’t clarify at all whether Vitral will continue to be published. He also notes that “no one ever spoke of ‘closing’ or ‘terminating’” the Center for Civic and Religious Education, but it has effectively been dissolved, its functions redistributed to other diocesan committees.
The Bishop’s statement has an undertone of sparring with his own laity, and it makes clear that his priority is the core religious mission of the church. He tends to confirm the rumors I first heard last December in