The Argentine Episcopal Conference (CEA) again today expressed its “pain” at the imminent treatment in the Senate of the abortion legalization project, within the framework of a mass celebrated by the executive committee of the organism in the sanctuary of Luján. There, they also warned about the “very serious inequities and structural inefficiencies” that the coronavirus pandemic exposed.
“In the midst of this exceptional context we cannot hide our pain at the imminent session to address the abortion bill“, said the president of the Episcopate, the bishop of San Isidro, Monsignor Oscar Ojea, during the homily in the Buenos Aires city.
The mass was broadcast on social networks under the slogan “To you we entrust the cause of life” and it was concelebrated by the vice-presidents of the Episcopate, the archbishop of Buenos Aires and primate of Argentina, Cardinal Mario Poli; and the Archbishop of Mendoza, Marcelo Colombo; the secretary general and bishop of Chascomús, Carlos Malfa; and the Archbishop of Mercedes-Luján, Jorge Scheinig.
In his message, Ojea reiterated the “untimeliness” legalization of abortion treatment, which could be signed into law Tuesday by the Senate, adding: “When we talk about opportune time, we refer to the wisdom of reading in depth what is being experienced, the magnitude and complexity of the crisis we are going through, to put our best energy into solving the problems that urge us today. “
In this line, he mentioned the need to “establish fundamental agreements from the political, economic and social leadership that allow us to look forward prioritizing land, shelter and work for all, promoting leadership styles that can persevere in a process that will take a long time and effort, and always seeking to sustain what unites us and not settle in what divides us “.
For the bishop of San Isidro, “we will not be able to build if the defenseless hand is released, if the rights of the weakest and the poorest are not known. This is a principle of human, pre-religious ethics, which is supported by science. medical and law “.
He also remarked that this year “the Argentine people took care of life, protected it, fed it, cured it, cried it, defended it from the pandemic of hunger, lack of work and misery” and affirmed that the Argentina of the post pandemic “will be the result of having understood this crisis well and will depend on our ability to review behaviors, to learn from what we have experienced and the need to create new, more supportive and fraternal lifestyles”.
By last, he asked the Virgin Mary to stop her “gaze on the legislators”, that she may “provoke a serene reflection in their minds and in their hearts, and that they do not deny their deepest convictions“.
In another section of his message, Ojea highlighted the “spirit of solidarity” of Argentines in the midst of the pandemic and said that, at the same time, they were revealed “very serious inequities, structural inefficiencies without lacking petty interests in some as well as the denial of reality in others “.
He also thanked the work of the essential workers in dining rooms, picnic areas and health centers, as well as volunteers, social organizations and faiths “accompanying situations of poverty that have spread alarmingly in recent times.”
For this Sunday it was called that in the churches of all the country the masses were celebrated with a “special intention for the nascent life”. On Monday, one day before the session, the bishops “summon the People of God to a Day of Fasting, Prayer and celebration of Mass,” according to a statement. The Christian Alliance of Evangelical Churches of the Argentine Republic (Aciera) joined this call for fasting.