Argentina is a divided country and does not solve the problems of the people, said the Catholic Church in its Easter message, demanding a culture of dialogue and honesty in the framework of the country's institutions.
The relation between the Catholic church and the administration of president Mauricio Macri is a mature relation and links are as they should be, and this is based on autonomy and cooperation which is good for both sides, according to Monsignor Jose Maria Arancedo, head of the Argentine Episcopal Conference, CEA.
How come the Argentine born pope Francis did not send a congratulation telegram, or formal message to president elect Mauricio Macri on his victory, has been an ongoing question. But Vatican sources pointed out there was no special reason for that attitude, but merely a simple matter of protocol.
The Argentine Catholic Church called for the upcoming presidential elections on 25 October to be held with “transparency” and urged candidates to present “their proposals and ideas with clarity” and regretted a climate which debilitates the credibility of persons and institutions.
The Argentine Catholic Church has stood out strongly on the controversy that has followed President Cristina Fernandez statement before the FAO assembly in Rome arguing that poverty in Argentina is below 5%, which was later made superlative by her spokesperson and cabinet chief Anibal Fernandez arguing that poverty in Argentina was less than in Germany or Denmark.
The Cristina Fernandez administration renewed relations with the Catholic Church, since the naming of Cardinal Bergoglio from Buenos Aires Pope Francis could be facing their first challenge because of the controversial judicial reform the Argentine president is pushing through congress.
The Argentine Catholic Church supports the country’s claim over the Falklands/Malvinas Islands but also called on the Executive and the rest of the Argentine leadership not to use the Malvinas issue with a political purpose.