AMERICA/DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Mgr. Rodríguez Peña’s appeal to the authorities: "Quickly resolve the problem of crime"

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 human rights   violence   bishops  

Puerto Plata (Agenzia Fides) - The President of the Episcopal Conference of the Dominican Republic, His Exc. Mgr. Gregorio Nicanor Peña Rodríguez, asked the state security organs to act quickly in the fight against crime. The Bishop of the Diocese of Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia en Higüey strongly expressed himself by talking to the press: "We must find a solution to the problems of crime in the right way, not with violence, because every act of violence generates more violence, unnecessary clashes" .
The Prelate attributed the wave of crime that is occurring in the country to the lack of formation in values, particularly within the family, at home, because "when man does not have any formation he becomes a beast", he reiterated.
Mgr. Peña Rodríguez made these statements at the end of the Mass celebrated in the "Templo las Américas" church, which is located in the Isabela Storica in Puerto Plata, on the occasion of the celebration of the 523rd anniversary of the first Mass celebrated in America in January 1494.
"The laws are good, but the problem is in the application: judges must apply the law with justice and punish those who should be punished, not punish the innocent", said the Bishop, who concluded by saying that "Christ must be announced to the people so that, with his message, together we can eradicate violence from society". (CE) (Agenzia Fides 11/01/2017)