AMERICA/BOLIVIA - The serious situation of drug trafficking denounced by the Bishops, who gather in Assembly

Wednesday, 6 April 2016 democracy   drug trade   bishops   episcopal conferences  

Cochabamba (Agenzia Fides) - Tomorrow, April 7, the Bishops of Bolivia will meet in Assembly in Cochabamba. According to the note sent to Fides, the meetings of the working groups of the Bolivian Bishops' Conference Commissions (CEB) began yesterday and this afternoon, the meeting of the Council of Pastoral Coordination will set the agenda of the 101st Assembly of the Bishops of Bolivia.
Most likely there will be references to the dramatic situation of drug trafficking and the spread of drugs even in governance structures, as the Bishops denounced in their pastoral Letter published last week entitled "Today I put before you life or death", which generated tension between the CEB and President Morales.
"I do not think we have to worry about any ultimatums when we live in democratic times", said Erwin Bazan, spokesman of the CEB, in response to President Evo Morales, who had affirmed that the Bishops of Bolivia have to give the names of suspected drug traffickers linked to the government.
In reference to the Pastoral Letter, the spokesman stressed: "It is a purely pastoral letter and has an eminently pastoral message, because it starts from the concern of the people. In this context, spaces for dialogue should be created in order to find a solution to this scourge that is causing enormous harm to the society". (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 06/04/2016)