.- Bishop Jorge Casaretto of San Isidro, Argentina, revealed this week that one of the reasons for his meeting with Argentinean President Nestor Kirchner âwas to explain to him how the Church functionsâ and that he understand that the Church is not âjust another power player.â
Bishop Casaretto told reporters that the Church âis not just another power player, or just another corporationâ in Argentina, and he said that the statements by the Argentinean bishops are an effort âto contribute to the common good, and not to promote the interests of any one group.â
The bishop went on to provide some details about the 40 minute conversation with Kirchner. âMy experience shows that politicians sometimes see the Church as just another power player, and thatâs not what we are. We are not just another corporation in Argentina,â he said.
âThe statements of the bishops must be understood as an effort to contribute to the common good. We are not seeking power nor to push for anybodyâs interests, but rather our work is to facilitate the coming together, the communion of all Argentineans.â
âThe bishops are not trying to stir up controversy, we are trying to bring calm and help in the search for the common good of Argentina instead of wasting time on arguments that are somewhat unproductive,â Bishop Casaretto added, in an apparent reference to Kirchnerâs criticism of Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata.
Bishop Casaretto also said he visited the president âas a representative of Catholic Charities and not as a member of the Argentinean episcopateâ and he clarified that he was not speaking âin the name of the authorities of the Church, but rather as president of Catholic Charities.â