AMERICA/ECUADOR - In the face of economic crisis the Bishops call for "a new way of doing politics"

Tuesday, 7 May 2019 corruption   unemployment   youth   family   environment   human rights   episcopal conferences  

Quito (Agenzia Fides) - "We need a new way of doing politics that, beyond particular interests, seeks the common good and promotes a great national pact at the service of citizens": say the Bishops of Ecuador in the statement issued at the end of their Plenary Assembly, celebrated from April 29 to May 2, with the aim of to giving a contribution to national dialogue.
"The economic crisis - they write in the message sent to Fides - requires a clearer and more determined policy in favor of productive investments and job creation. Inequality is becoming more and more evident every day, many people have serious difficulties to reach the end of the month. We are particularly concerned about the youth unemployment rate and the lack of sufficient remuneration in order to be able to live with dignity".
Among the main concerns, the Bishops cite corruption as the "source of scandal and shame". The proliferation of bribes "contaminates the national conscience and the ethical dimension of our coexistence". Therefore they warn: "to steal money from the poor is very serious, but equally serious is the creation of a subculture that justifies everything for its own benefit. From impunity, phenomena such as crime, killing women, theft or murder ... become ordinary in our daily lives".
Another concern of the Bishops of Ecuador is for the family, "subject to strong cultural changes and the dictatorship of gender ideology, not sufficiently opposed by science and anthropology". As far as ecology is concerned, the Bishops once again call to be attentive to mines, oil extraction, water pollution, lack of respect for people who are not contacted and for communities who are not consulted. "Today our country is more fragile and more threatened than in the past - they point out. Therefore, we more strongly feel the need to take care of the work of the Creator".
In conclusion, the Ecuadorian Bishops emphasize that "not only the prestige of the institutions or the transition to authentic democracy is at stake, but the well-being and future of our people". They therefore invoke God's blessing on everyone, citizens, families and authorities, asking for "determination and political will to build a democratic, inclusive, peaceful, equitable and united country. A country blessed by God". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 7/5/2019)


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