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Argentine Catholic Church criticism of judicial reform triggers ironic statements from Senator

Friday, April 19th 2013 - 05:33 UTC
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Senator Fernandez on clash with bishop: “I might turn him into Pope” Senator Fernandez on clash with bishop: “I might turn him into Pope”

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.

One of her most outspoken Senators and former cabinet chief, Anibal Fernandez blasted the Catholic Church’s criticism of the justice reform considering it a position “riddled with inaccuracies” while he added that bishops’ statements are a “severe mistake”.

“Every time the Episcopacy gets involved in terrestrial affairs it makes a severe mistake. That old saying Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God should be recalled” Senator Fernández stated.

Staying true to his style, the ruling party lawmaker wondered ironically if the current dispute with the president of Argentina's Episcopacy José María Arancedo over the judiciary system could lead to his appointment as Pope.

“I might turn him into Pope. I once had to argue with another Argentine bishop” Fernández joked in reference to Pope Francis with whom he clashed with several times when ex cardinal Jorge Mario Bergolio still headed Argentina’s Episcopacy.

On Tuesday, almost a hundred bishops that attended the Plenary Assembly of the Argentine Episcopal Conference (CEA in Spanish) urged the government to gain prior “debate and consensus” in order to pass the justice reform project.

The Catholic leadership issued the statement “Justice, Democracy and National Constitution” alleging that a “quick address” of the bill could “weaken Republican Democracy” and calling for the protection of “powers' autonomy”.

Categories: Politics, Argentina.

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  • Troy Tempest

    Looks like “For God and Country” does not apply in CFK's Argentina!!

    And to think that Francis let her kiss his... ring.


    Apr 19th, 2013 - 06:00 am 0
  • Porto Margaret


    Yes, she soiled his holy ring with her lips.

    Nasty brown nosed Pinocho!

    Apr 19th, 2013 - 08:07 am 0
  • LEPRecon

    Ah the honeymoon is over.

    Now that the Argentine government realises that it can't use the Pope, and by extension the Vatican, as a political tool, they're back on the attack of the Catholic Church.

    Now I'm not a fan of the Catholic Church, it needs huge reforms, but saying that I don't disagree with everything they say and do. The Catholic Church in Argentina is trying to publicise the plight of the poor and dispossessed. Issues that the Argentine government are content to brush under the carpet and ignore.

    So well done Catholic Church, in this particular case, perhaps there's hope for you yet, and Pope Francis appears to want to make real changes to the Church and reform in. Long over due, in my opinion.

    Apr 19th, 2013 - 09:03 am 0
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