.- In a pastoral letter to mark the upcoming feast of Our Lady of Altagracia, patroness of the country, the bishops of the Dominican Republic have made an urgent call for an end to the malaise affecting Dominican society, especially corruption.
âCorruption, drug trafficking and crime are three great evils that affect Dominican society,â the bishops said in their pastoral letter. In some sectors of society, these âworks of the fleshâ are made manifest in a âcrude and shameless fashion,â they said.
The bishops denounced administrative corruption, fiscal evasion and indifference, which they described as âentrenched in some areas.â These places need Catholics to âmake a clear and defined proclamation of the living Christ, with a message that brings hope to the world.â
âWe need to sow the message of Christ in these sectors and among the urban and rural population, Dominican families and young people and immigrants,â the document states. The bishop also expressed their concern for the âconstant loss of moral values due to the widespread sexual promiscuityâ promoted in many cases by the media. They also lamented the âprogressive breakdown of moral and spiritual values,â which has led Dominicans to promote a culture âfounded on greed, the obtaining of power, sexual licentiousness and selfishness.â
In a reference to the Pauline year, the bishops concluded their statement by calling on Catholics to âlisten to the Apostle and learn from him,â as a âmaster of the faith and of the truth, in which the reasons of the unity between the disciples of Christ are rooted.â