AMERICA/EL SALVADOR - The Bishops: "Avoid the layoff of workers, this is the moment in which we must help each other like brothers and sisters"

Monday, 11 May 2020 coronavirus   economy   bishops   poverty  


San Salvador (Agenzia Fides) - The Salvadoran Episcopal Conference, through a statement entitled "A country according to the heart of God" asks employers to avoid the layoff of workers or the suspension of their contracts, taking advantage of the fact that they cannot go to work because they are in quarantine. "Acting in this way is not human, let alone Christian, now is the moment in which we must help each other like brothers and sisters", reads the statement of Bishops sent to Fides.
They then urge the State, in its three bodies, executive, legislative and judicial, to work together, making the maximum effort to help the people, during this critical moment in our history due to the effects of the coronavirus. In this sense, the Bishops recall the importance of protecting all Salvadorans, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, safeguarding all their individual rights.
"As Pastors of a suffering and heroic people, we urge both our leaders, at all levels, and those responsible for micro, small, medium and large companies, above all to seek the well-being of people. And, as we have said many times, a fundamental condition is that we seek the common good of society, in an atmosphere of respect, peaceful dialogue and a true patriotic sense".
The Bishops conclude their message by insisting that if the threat of this pandemic is serious, perhaps there is an even greater danger that hides in us: "the virus of indifference" in the face of the pain of the weaker brothers and sisters. In this regard, they recall what Pope Francis says: "Do not leave anyone behind". (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 11/5/2020)