AMERICA/BOLIVIA - Mgr. Gualberti: "The rule of law threatened, we need the truth!"

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 human rights   democracy   politics   bishops  

Santa Cruz (Agenzia Fides) - "Every day the media reports news of people who take advantage of power to enrich themselves, even resorting to corruption, lies and deception. In an attempt to conceal the facts against the law, we hear contradictory and ambiguous statements, that instead of shedding light on the facts, hinder the situation and confuse public opinion, just to distract attention from the real issue": is what the Archbishop of Santa Cruz, His Exc. Mgr. Sergio Gualberti said on Sunday, March 20, in the Cathedral before the Catholic community.
Mgr. Gualberti exclaimed: "There is need for truth! Justice must make an impartial, objective inquiry, free from any kind of pressure. Only truth can overcome the climate of mistrust and the lack of credibility that cause these facts and threaten peaceful coexistence and the rule of law in a nation".
The note sent to Fides from a local source reports that the Archbishop did not mention any names or specific fact, but according to a press office statement of the Archdiocese of Santa Cruz, his words were referring to the scandal "involving high level government officials".
In November 2015, the local Catholic Church denounced the situation of the country: "We live in a time characterized by the exaltation of ideologies that do not take in consideration the reality of the needy, or do not listen to their voice. Corruption deprives those who are marginalized by the occasion of a recovery; political and judicial impunity protects and supports this situation. So if we recognize this, we say without fear: we need and want a change", (see Fides 13/11/2015). (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 22/03/2016)