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AMERICA/CHILE - Bishop Vargas: a country in the search and commitment to find solutions

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Posted on: 10/28/19
Temuco - "In the face of the painful events we have seen these days, beyond the urgent need to face its serious consequences for the good of the entire population, with responsibility and according to the requirements of the rule of law, it is necessary to reconstruct social coexistence, the common good, dialogue based on civic friendship, with full respect for the life and dignity of each person. Transgressing these values, somehow, we all have a share of responsibility, and therefore we are all in the search and commitment to find solutions. It is an ethical imperative". Thus stated Mgr. Héctor Vargas, Bishop of the Diocese of San José di Temuco, in a note sent to Agenzia Fides.
"The solution is complex, it requires a profound structural reform for our institutions, in order to consider the new forms of citizen participation, able to respond to their expectations. This implies the strengthening of public ethics, which, first of all, requires the overcoming of asocial individualism and openness to a sense of community. Thus, the key question is not what fits an individual or a social group, but what is appropriate for the country", emphasizes Mgr. Vargas.
"It is a principle that has remained in words for too long, in modern and contemporary political societies, above all because of the influence exerted by individualist and collectivist ideologies", continues the Bishop of Temuco.
"As a result, politics should help to bring out the best in people and groups that constitute otherness and social diversity, without losing the unity of the concrete human community. In this sense, the role of the State, public policies, the active autonomy of the social community and intermediate organizations, are substantial to take steps towards a more just and fraternal Chile", concludes the text.
In Chile, since last night, an official curfew has been removed "with the aim of helping Chile to restore institutional normality", reads a government note.
The president, Sebastián Piñera, on Saturday 26 said: a possible change of cabinet and the revocation of the states of emergency, decreed in various parts of the country.
Although Piñera had declared that he wanted to resolve the situation of popular protest, up to that day the number of deaths due to violence in Chile reached 19, because of the massive anti-government protests. The Piñera administration has been accused of excessive use of force.


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