Buenos Aires, Argentina, Feb 8, 2013 / 12:01 pm
Archbishop Jose Maria Arancedo, president of the Bishops' Conference of Argentina, has reiterated the Church's opposition to the legalization of drugs in the country.
In statements to the newspaper El Litoral on Feb. 7, the archbishop said that legalization "would only create the impression that drugs don't cause any harm."
His comments came in response to statements by the governor of Santa Fe, Antonio Bonfatti, who said he would be willing to discuss the idea of legalization, especially with regard to "soft" drugs such as marijuana.
"This is an issue that does not belong merely to the private sphere," but that affects "the public good of society," Archbishop Arancedo explained.