.- The Bishops Conference of Argentina published a letter this week in which they said only âa long process of conversionâ will allow the country to overcome its crisis, the deepest roots of which are âmoral and cultural.â The letter calls on politicians to fulfill their duty in bringing about a recovery in the country and to leave behind âold practicesâ through âa sincere and selfless conversion towards the common good.â
The bishops pointed out that itâs more common to see people âtake advantage of the riches of the countryâ than to find âcitizens desirousâ of the common good. Therefore they exhort citizens to live âwith a spirit of justice, truthfulness, solidarity, industriousness, trying to be like yeast in the dough of society.â
The bishops cite the âBarometer of Argentinean Social Debtâ which, according to the bishops, demonstrates the âdamage suffered by large sectorsâ of society for decades.â
This text was prepared by the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina and explains that âthe social debt is composed of deprivations that pose serious risk to the sustaining of life, the dignity of persons and opportunities for human growth.â
The bishopsâ letter states that what is serious about this situation is that it is taking place in âa country that has the objective conditions to avoid or correct such harm.â
Referring to the âjust distributionâ of land, the bishops express their concern about land being concentrated in the hands of a few, about the situation of Native Americans, the deterioration of the environment. This leads thousands of Argentineans to leave their land and crowd into the suburbs of large cities.
Archbishop Carmelo Giaquinta of Resistencia and President of the Bishopsâ Committee on Social Ministry told reporters that while it may appear the country is improving, getting out of the crisis âwill take years.â