Christianity and Revolution: The Lesson of Cuba

Christianity and Revolution: The Lesson of Cuba

Christianity and Revolution: The Lesson of Cuba

Christianity and Revolution: The Lesson of Cuba

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Of all those Cuban friends, acquaintances, and relatives, both in exile and at home, from whom I have received assistance by way of information and documentation for this book, I should single out particularly Ramón Casas. As holder of the highest lay Catholic office in Cuba in 1960, the chairmanship of the National Council of Acción Católica, he was in an ideal position to observe the role played in the revolution by the Cuban Church. I have most specially depended upon him for advice in my evaluation of information received from other sources and in my colligation of divergencies and contradictions. He has helped me unstintingly all the more generously and kindly because, without exception, he disagrees with every one of my fundamental interpretations of the history and philosophy of Church-State relations in Cuba since 1959. Having entered its thirtieth year, however, our friendship can easily stand the strains of such disagreement.

I am obliged at least to mention the fact that most of the Cuban documentation I have used was supplied by Mrs. Mary Ricart Madera, of the Cuban National Archives. Since Mrs. Ricart's exile in 1961, Mrs. Leonila Duarte has fulfilled the same function with equal kindness. Mr. Alberto Boza and Mrs. Julia González, of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Relations, have also provided me with some of my primary sources. Mrs. Hada D. de Ferrer, Mrs. Doris Delgado and . . .

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