AMERICA/DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Politicians who do not know how to be a family man cannot be fathers of the Country

Wednesday, 24 April 2019 social situation   politics   corruption   bishops   youth  


Santiago (Agenzia Fides) - The Archbishop of Santiago de los Caballeros, in the Dominican Republic, Mgr. Freddy Antonio de Jesús Bretón Martínez, gave his critical view of the political class during the Easter Vigil, stating that "in the Country there are politicians who do not know how to be family men and yet they want to be fathers of the Country".
According to information sent to Fides, the Archbishop said that it is increasingly necessary for people to follow Christ, trying to be coherent with words and deeds. Furthermore, Bishop Breton pointed out that a priest or any servant of the Lord who does not allow himself to be filled by the Holy Spirit is a danger to society.
During his homily, during the Vigil celebrated at the headquarters of the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), reference point for diocesan youth ministry, the Archbishop reiterated that not everyone can aspire to be a leader or to be an authority, because in many cases, honesty is lacking. Only those who have irreproachable moral conduct, and are worthy examples for society, should be part of the ruling class. Mgr. Freddy Bretón also highlighted the great work parents have to do with their children, and as citizens, so that society can go in the right direction.
The celebration of Easter in the university center concluded a long period of work for youth ministry, which under the guidance of Father Javier Báez, parish priest of San Lorenzo and coordinator of youth ministry, involved a large group of young people from the capital.
Father Báez presented the reflections of the young, who criticize the actions of politicians, who promote impunity, which is the source of all corruption. The priest noted that those who commit crimes escape justice, so a change in behavior and life is necessary.
The Dominican Republic has seen in recent months several episodes of corruption and impunity among politicians, which have made the opposition, social groups and the Catholic Church react, especially in front of the problems of the defense of life. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 24/4/2019)