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Catholic Church points to politicians on corruption and discredited institutions

Sunday, May 22nd 2011 - 13:17 UTC
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Archbishop Aguiar Retes: where is God in the midst of so many calamities? Archbishop Aguiar Retes: where is God in the midst of so many calamities?

The Latin America Catholic Church Episcopal Council, Celam, sent a strong message to the political establishment saying it is painful to see so many people victims of the narcotics trade and so many young people disenchanted with institutions because of corruption. Celam held its XXXIII two-day Ordinary Assembly in Montevideo.

Four years ago fully aware of the changing world, God marked the route when in Aparecida, Brazil “he told us to decisively promote at all levels the missionary service dedicated to life” said the Catholic bishops from Latin America and the Caribbean message.

“Evangelization in our continent in these new times is a continuous and persistent path of open doors, but also of not few obstacles”, adds the message.

“It hurts us in the soul that so many people are killed, victims of the violence caused by the narcotics trade. It hurts us in the soul our young generations disenchanted with the institutions that have lost their credibility because of the rampant corruption”, underline the continent’s bishops.

“We feel called to take forward a new evangelization that lifts the fallen, includes the excluded of our communities, heals the injured and responds to those who ask where God is in the midst of so many calamities”.

The assembly elected Archbishop Carlos Aguiar Retes, president of the Mexican Episcopal Conference as the new head of Celam for the 2011/2015 period.
Aguiar Reyes takes over from Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis, also head of the Brazilian Episcopate.

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  • briton

    One must be careful here,
    But on the strength of the remark,
    Is it not the kettle calling the pot black, for the church to lecture politicians on the morality of corruption??

    May 22nd, 2011 - 07:32 pm 0
  • GeoffWard

    On this day of the creation of a Brasilian into a saint, it is quite in order to chastise the secular state about its corruption.

    Jesus Himself did no less with the moneylenders in the Temple and, God knows, there is a crying need for these corrupt people to have one route only to their afterlife.

    Whatever a person's private hell consists of, because of what they have done to their fellow man, their time on earth should be followed by an eternity in their hell.

    Yes, I feel that strongly about it.

    May 23rd, 2011 - 01:27 am 0
  • briton

    Glad to hear that geoff.

    May 23rd, 2011 - 10:12 pm 0
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