HAVANA — With the announcement Nov. 14 that Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino, 77, resigned from the Cuban Conference of Catholic Bishops, speculation began about a new era for the Church in Cuba.
“The retirement of Cardinal Ortega is imminent,” Nestor Carbonell, an author, analyst and Cuban-American Catholic told the Register. “And that’s a healthy development.”
Appointed bishop in 1978 and cardinal in 1994, Cardinal Ortega submitted his resignation to Pope Benedict XVI when he turned 75 two years ago, as is standard practice.
The Holy Father asked him to stay through last year’s papal visit to the island, then for celebrations around the 400th anniversary of Cuba’s patron saint, Our...READ MORE