Argentina's Security Minister Patricia Bullrich has criticized Pope Francis, the leader of the Catholic Church, saying he has not taken the necessary distance from Argentine politics.
In an interview Bullrich was questioned about the last Saturday's Peace, Bread and Work march in Lujan, which was attended by union leaders, lawmakers and Peronist mayors who claimed their had the tacit approval of the Argentine pontiff.
Bullrich responded that it is time for Argentina to have a real secular state.
The pope has not taken the necessary distance with Argentine politics. He should have done so, she added, saying Francis should be a little more open with our Government.
Bullrich said the pontiff cannot be prejudiced in his actions because that is ideological.
I don't like this idea of who is the Pope's friend. It bothers me, playing 'who goes to Rome [to see Pope Francis] the most, she said. Luckily I never went. We have to mature as a country.
Last weekend's march in Luján sparked controversy in the press after Teamsters' union leader Pablo Moyano told reporters: This could not have happened without his permission, in reference to whether the pope had offered his support.
However, local Church officials denied Francis had given his approval. Given recent comments, I wish to clarify that Pope Francis has not had any involvement. The decision to hold the Mass in Luján was absolutely mine,” Luján's Archbishop Agustín Radrizzani clarified.