AMERICA/ARGENTINA - The threats of drug traffickers force the transfer of a priest

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Moreno (Agenzia Fides) - With a letter signed by the Bishop of the diocese of Merlo-Moreno, His Exc. Mgr. Fernando Carlos Maletti, was informed that Fr. Eduardo Farrell will be transferred from Sagrado Corazon parish, due to repeated threats. It is a forced decision, which is based on the great concern of the communities that suffer violence, also extremely serious, such as the loss of human lives.
The Bishop also stressed the illicit drug trade in the neighborhoods, which increases more and more among the young. The Church, together with other institutions, has long been involved in the prevention of drug addiction. Mgr. Maletti said that "these pastoral tasks tend to clash with the petty and obscure interests of those who only seek territorial power and profit at any cost with illegal activities and suspicious complicity".
"Lately many people, believers and non, members and non-members of the Church, have received clear signs that their actions and their preaching bothered sectors that do not operate in accordance with the law.
"Although we publicly denounce this worrying situation, we reiterate our commitment to continue as a Church to work with our brothers and sisters who ask, with all reason and justice, their right to a dignified life", ends the text also signed by the auxiliary Bishop and Vicar general of the diocese. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 15/03/2017)