.- During the opening of the 91st ordinary assembly of the Bishopsâ Conference of Venezuela, conference president Archbishop Ubaldo Santana, said the government is neglecting its role in solving the problems of Venezuelans and is excessively fixated on maintaining power.
âWe must demand that our leaders carry out their roles and guarantee full human rights to all,â the archbishop said, adding that the bishops consider it troubling that âexcessive attentionâ is being paid to increasing power and that the problems of Venezuelans are being ignored.
âTo leave aside the fundamental needs of the nation destroys the people and sows anarchy,â he continued. âHuman persons are more important that political structures.â
The archbishop also expressed full support for Cardinal Jorge Urosa of Caracas in response to the latest verbal attacks against him by President Hugo Chavez.
âAll Venezuelans deserve respect,â he explained, âand the Constitution guarantees the right to freely and respectfully express oneâs opinion without insult.â
During his remarks, Archbishop Santana denounced the diverse signs of Venezuelan societyâs decomposition, such as âanti-social gangs that have taken over public areas, sowing terror and fear.â
âDemocracy does not exist if life, unrestricted transit and private property are not guaranteed,â the archbishop said. âThe lack of security cuts off four rights of all Venezuelans: integrity, life, access to justice and mobility,â he added.
The archbishop called for the creation of a climate of peace, adding that âhuman rights come before all political institutions. There is no excuse for violating them. We demand respect for all, the end of class warfare and disrespectful language,â he said.