.- Auxiliary Bishop JosÃ© Antonio Gentico of Buenos Aires says âit is absurd that in a country like Argentina where bread abounds, children are dying of hunger. This cannot be!â he said in a magazine interview published by the Archdioceseâs Committee on Childhood and Adolescence.
The Church âcannot ignoreâ such situations and must âdenounce those in public power and make them see reality. There needs to be a social consciousness that this is a problem for the State, a problem for the country. We encourage the laity to be more politically and socially committed.â The root of this problem is selfishness. âThis means,â he continued, âthat there is a group of nations, of peoples that accumulate [wealth] while others die of hunger. If people do not change, the structures will not either.â
For Bishop Gentico the anxieties which children suffer are âterribleâ and âcry out to heaven,â and therefore âas the Church we should denounce this with a prophetic voice.â He reiterated the need for a greater commitment on the part of âall Christians in the social and political spheres as well. Because if we give away a piece of bread but the policies donât change, itâs useless.â
Referring to the question of jobs, the bishop said that âwithout a decent job to provide for the familyâs well-being, weâre just putting band-aids on the problem. The culture of work needs to be renewed. The culture of work upon which our parents and grandparents build their families has been broken. And therefore, today we have young people who donât know what to do, who have no vision, who can neither study nor work.â