Argentinean bishops urge dialogue in agricultural crisis

.- In a statement issued at the end of their extraordinary meeting, the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina called for “transparent and constructive dialogue” between the government and other sectors involved in the country’s current crisis caused by a stalemate in negotiations.

In their statement, the bishops explained that they were meeting “in response to the grave situation caused by the prolonged conflict between the agricultural sector and the national government,” and they underscored that these kinds of situations “especially jeopardize those who poorest.”

They said “significant gestures” on the part of both parties as well as greater vigilance over the country’s institutions are the only way to work towards a solution. 

“On the other hand, even though there may be just complaints,” the bishops said, “we will not solve our problems out on the street.  Therefore, we insistently ask the government to urgently convene a transparent and constructive dialogue, and we ask the sectors in conflict to take a new look at the manner in which they are voicing their complaints.  Neither moderation in one’s demands, nor magnanimity in the exercising of power are signs of weakness,” they said.

After encouraging Argentineans to help the poor through a “firm and long-lasting commitment to justice and solidarity,” the bishops encouraged all to pray for “those who are most in need.”

The ended their message entrusting their plea to the intercession of Our Lady of Lujan, the patroness of Argentina.


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