The Argentinian Government has appointed a Salesian priest as the head of the state organisation dedicated to fighting drug trafficking and addiction.
Juan Carlos Molina, who is said to be close to President Cristina
Fernandez Kirchner, has until now been a priest in the diocese of Rio
The president of the Pastoral Commission of the Bishops' Conference,
Bishop Jorge Lozano, said Fr Molina "was doing it because of his long
experience working with young people who have fallen foul of the drug
scourge but he is not representing the Church in this role."
The bishop added that the appointment "was made directly by the
executive power" and "no suggestions or opinions were sought" from the
Last month the bishops published a document on the problem of
drugs in Argentina, denouncing the "absence of the state" and
suggesting the complicity of those in positions of power.
They specifically criticised the Government for failing to fill the
post of director of the anti-drugs organisation, which has been vacant