.- The president of the Committee on the Family of the Bishopsâ Conference of Argentina, Archbishop Carlos NaÃ±ez of Cordoba, exhorted the countryâs leaders this week to avoid using âforeign models, whether moral or economic,â that would submerge âthe Argentine family in poverty and material and spiritual marginalization.â At the conclusion of the National Gathering for Family Ministry, the archbishop recalled that political leaders have the duty to make it possible for families to have dignified life and to help them out of poverty, instead of âcreating health plans that do not correspond to our way of life.â
Likewise, Archbishop NaÃ±ez expressed his profound regret at âthe loss of our countryâs own identity,â but he acknowledge that âwe have all contributedâ to this problem either directly or indirectly.
A final statement prepared by participants in the event underscored that the media, âas a reflection and as a creator of culture, often contradicts family values.â Therefore, the participants committed themselves to promoting such values as âthe protection of lifeâ and marital fidelity, which strengthen the family.
Although the statement notes that family and marriage ministry is âincreasingly more difficult,â it also reaffirms the beauty of the vocation to this sacrament, through which âone can be fulfilled despite todayâs difficulties.â
During the gathering, participants reflected on the needs of those who have divorced and remarried and on the efforts some are making to force the country to accept abortion.