The bishop of the Diocese of San Isidro and president of the Argentine Episcopal Conference, Monsignor Oscar Ojea, called this Sunday the electoral candidates to think about the “real needs” of the people no longer incurring “mean and immediate forms” of campaign, but to opt for “the greatness of politics.”
“The electoral campaign has begun and we have heard insults, disqualifications, a kind of war for who annihilates the other first; with an enormous abandonment on the real problems, on the concrete people “, expressed.
Through his reflection, the president of the Episcopate stated: “We have to nourish ourselves in order to think ahead and think with hope, think sensibly and without being totally carried away by emotional thinking.”
Ojea also asked “to resort to the encyclical Fratelli tutti of Pope Francis and to the chapter on the best policy” and quoted verbatim: “Ante so many petty and immediate forms of politicsI remember that political greatness is shown when, in difficult moments, one acts by great principles and thinking about the common good in the long term. “
The bishop assured that “thinking about those who will come does not serve electoral purposes, but it is what authentic justice requires.”
Oscar Ojea mentioned Pope Francis when referring to the encyclical Fratelli tutti.
To finish, Ojea wished: “That we can feed on the real needs of our people, to be able to think about the electoral offers that are presented and in this way to be able to decide without being influenced by these insulting words that are pronounced continuously from one side and the other and that impede thought “.
He had sent a similar message in mid-July during the Catholic Church’s “Social Week 2021”, a virtual meeting that brought together pastoral, social and business leaders under the slogan “Let’s dream of a new humanity.”
At that time, the Social Pastoral Commission of the Argentine Episcopal Conference exhorted to depose “depersonalizing hatreds, lies and fake news that prevent healthy debate and ideological distancing that do nothing but generate enmity “, by reiterating the need to” search for dialogue and the culture of encounter. “