.- Bishop Juan Ruben Martinez of Posadas, Argentina said the Church must conserve her identity when reaching out to non-believers, as âopennessâ as a Church, does not mean falling into relativism.
âTo be open is to love, to dialogue, to listen, to change, to contribute, to learn and to recover, without losing oneâs own identity,â the bishop said. âTo be open is not to mix everything together into some sort of syncretism or mixture of good and evil, values and anti-values,â he explained.
He noted that since her beginnings, the Church has âhad a missionary openness to the pagan nations and St. Paul called himself the âApostle of the pagansâ.â For this reason, he urged Argentineans not to confuse being âopenâ with being ârelativistic.â
The Church is called to guard the revelations of Christ with the help of the Holy Spirit, he added. âThe treasures of the Church are the poor and those left out, and in our choices, they are the guarantee that we are seeking to practice the Gospel. Nourished at the Eucharistic banquet at Mass, as the Gospel points out, we must go out as disciples and missionaries,â he added.