Since last night, the Argentine Episcopal Conference had two communiqués prepared. One, where – more words, less words – thanked the rulers for having listened to the people. But with the Senate’s decision to confirm by 38 votes in favor and 29 against (with one abstention) that abortion is legal, safe and free in Argentina, the one they sent was the second. The one they didn’t want.
It was issued with the approval of its owner, the bishop of San Isidro Monsignor Vicente Ojea -one of the voices that better interprets the thought of Pope Francis in our country-, but not personalized: it is signed by the Communication and Press Office, unlike the previous one, which was signed by Monsignor Ojea.
The statement dated this Wednesday, December 30, states: “The Church in Argentina wants to ratify, together with its brothers and sisters of different faiths and also many non-believers, that it will continue to work with firmness and passion in the care and service of the lifetime. This law that has been voted will deepen the divisions in our country even more. We deeply regret the remoteness of the leadership of the people’s feelings, which has expressed itself in various ways in favor of life throughout our country ”.
Later, he expresses that “we have the certainty that our people will always continue to choose all life and all lives.” And then, in tune with several speeches issued by senators who assigned to the celestial sector, It suggests what will be the political position of the Church here in more: “Together with him (the people) we will continue working for the authentic priorities that require urgent attention in our country: children living in poverty in increasingly alarming numbers, school dropouts by many of them, the pressing pandemic of hunger and unemployment that affects many families, as well as the dramatic situation of retirees, that their rights are violated once again “.
Finally, they indicate: “We embrace each Argentine and each Argentine; also to the deputies and senators who have bravely demonstrated in favor of lifelong care. Always defending it, without compromise, will enable us to build a just and supportive Nation, where no one is discarded and in which a true culture of encounter can be lived.
Yesterday, in the Plaza del Congreso, The Church was one of the sectors that most mobilized against the promulgation of the Law, even with a confessional in the middle of the crowd they called, and it was greater than when the Law on Deputies was passed. With the result in place, the Unidad Provida collective also launched its own statement under the title: “The political class voted for abortion in 2020; now, the celestial majority will answer at the polls in 2021 ″. There they point out that “the early morning of December 30, 2020 will henceforth be remembered as one of the most macabre days in recent history. In just one month, politics showed its worst face and endorsed in the Chamber of Deputies, first, and in the Senate of the Nation, this day, the selective dismissal of people through the legalization of abortion on demand “
On December 26 -four days before the vote-, with the signature of Monsignor Ojea and the explicit support of the Archbishop of Buenos Aires Cardinal Mario Poli, the bishop of Chascomús Monsignor Carlos Malfa, the Archbishop of Mendoza Monsignor Marcelo Colombo and the Archbishop of Mercedes-Luján Monsignor Jorge Scheining, the CEA had expressed in another statement that “in the midst of this exceptional context, We cannot hide our pain at the abortion bill. We have publicly expressed the inappropriateness of this project, not because we think that there is a proper time to present it, but rather that when we speak of opportune time we refer to the wisdom of reading in depth what is being lived, the magnitude and complexity of the crisis we are going through, to put our best energy into solving the problems that urge us today. “
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“One of the most macabre days in recent history”: the celestial ones accepted defeat but issued a harsh statement
The message of Pope Francis after the sanction of the abortion law in Argentina