"Our country is going through a worrying situation of political and social conflict. The conflict is exacerbated by the risk of a confrontation and fragmentation of society, caused by the legal and political debate in relation to divergent interpretations of the Constitution and the next presidential elections in 2018. We urge, in this regard, to be calm, to be prudent and to carry out respectful dialogue, even when there are differences and discrepancies".
how the concluding statement of the Bishops' Conference of Paraguay
(CEP) begins, published at the end of its 214th Ordinary Plenary
Assembly, held this week, sent to Fides.
"We need national consensus to prepare an 'agenda for the country',
indicating the path, the objectives and the development tools that we
want for our people. This consensus imposes us to listen to the cry of
the poor, to define the urgencies and priorities to ensure progress and
well-being of all, to eradicate scandalous inequality that harms dignity
and social justice", write the Bishops.
After listing the most needy groups of the Paraguayan society, children,
families, farmers, the text calls for social security and denounces the
violence of armed groups and drug trafficking.
Although CEP does not express its view on the change of the
Constitution, currently due to lively discussions of politicians and
government, the Bishops call for respect of the country's Constitution,
to ensure freedom, equality and justice.