.- The Apostolic Administrator of Resistencia, Argentina, Msgr. Carmelo Giaquinta, said this week, âIt is difficult to say we are a culturally Christian peopleâ because despite the massive expressions of devotion, the country is submerged in âunsolvable problemsâ due to neglect of the faith in daily life. Msgr. Giaquinta noted that Argentina could be called culturally Christian if âone were to go by the massive pilgrimagesâ to the countryâs different Catholic shrines, but not if one considers the protests that cause harm and injury to others in the name of âdefending our fundamental rights.â
âItâs not my purpose here to judge every single act of protest,â he stated. Nevertheless, he explained that the faithful need to âfind other ways of protesting that are more in tune with the Christian faith and do not cause harm to others.â
Likewise, Msgr. Giaquinta criticized those who sit by and watch the moral deterioration of society and do nothing about it. He noted that the âCatholic majorityâ gets all upset when it is said that television airs the programs that the people want to see. And yet, ânobody is capable of picking up the phone and complaining to the channel directors.â
Argentina is in need of political, educational, social and judicial reform, he said, but above all, âThere is a need for profound moral renewal regarding the social comportment of all citizens and social groups,â because without it, everything else is useless.