Buenos Aires (Agenzia Fides) - "Our commitment as a Church is to announce and promote the Kingdom of Jesus, which is Justice, Truth, Love without exclusion, giving priority to the poor, who are God’s favorites. We want to be a meeting place among all, to serve the cause of peace, which is the supreme good that the human heart desires. We reject every act of violence that wounds coexistence and attacks people's lives": this is what Bishop Vicente Bokalic CM, Bishop of Santiago del Estero, together with his Auxiliary,
Archbishop Enrique Martinez Ossola, say in a message sent to the parish priest and to the entire community of San Isidro Labrador after his church was set on fire. At sunrise on Sunday, November 5, the flames caused the total destruction of the sacristy, in addition to sound equipment and other objects and furnishings for the celebrations. Papers, documents and books were scattered, and a computer was damaged.
The intervention of the firefighters prevented the flames from extending.
Expressing pain and consternation for the crime, the Bishops, in a message sent to Fides, point out that "setting fire to a church, a meeting place, of prayer, of experience of God's consolation, of encouragement in the mission, of service to the poor, makes us feel even worse". They ask themselves: "What happened? What are the reasons for this action? Thank God, there were no casualties for the rapid intervention of firefighters". Expressing their concern, the Bishops call for the authorities to clarify what happened: "Who is responsible? What are the reasons that led to the destruction of religious goods that belong to everyone and offend the religious feeling of our people?".
Another serious episode of vandalism occurred on the morning of November 7 in the town of Crespo, province of Entre Rios, where the facade of the parish of Nuestra Señora del Rosario was smeared with offensive writings. Through a message on facebook, parish leaders expressed their great sorrow: "Respect for diversity of thought must be one of our core values for growth as a society. Freedom of expression is equally important to better know each other and encourage good coexistence, but these are not healthy ways to demonstrate. Violence only separates".
Parish vicar Don Julio Faes, interviewed by Radio Corazón, pointed out that the vandal act, in addition to being painful, is an "x-ray of what is happening and we are living as a society where the vital value of life ceases to exist, it is a society that has lost its way". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 9/11/2017)