Archbishop Mariano Parra Sandoval of Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela, said social decay in the country is the fruit of marginalizing God from daily life and from the loss of faith.
“When people have faith and understand that God is King of existence and of what is most important in life, they are not capable of mistakes or acts that go against the commandments,” the archbishop said.
He added that, unfortunately, the state of Venezuelan society is a result of people forgetting about God and excluding Him from their lives. “When the people do not have God present in their lives, their existence loses life, value and meaning. That’s where people lose the moral and ethical values that lead us to a greater commitment to our brothers and sisters,” he noted.
Archbishop Parra also called for a greater understanding that charity, love and solidarity with the poor and needy, is the principal virtue of all those who believe in Christ.