AMERICA/EL SALVADOR - Criticism of the Auxiliary Bishop of San Salvador over conflicts between state powers and non-enforcement of anti-Covid law

Tuesday, 2 February 2021 human rights   politics   coronavirus   local churches  


San Salvador (Agenzia Fides) - Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chávez, Auxiliary Bishop of San Salvador, in the context of a brief meeting with journalists from the capital, criticized, last Sunday, the lack of will on the part of the authorities to take account of the recent special transitional law adopted to stem the Covid-19 pandemic, as long as only the tension existing between the legislative and the executive is observed.
"It is a permanent tug-of-war between two State powers called to work together, to seek together what is best for the country, which has not happened, and this law is an example. It is approved, it is published, it is an open road, but there is really no desire to take it as a basis", said the Cardinal. Then he highlighted that this kind of actions in which there is no agreement, "do not help the country", but have provoked and continue to provoke conflicts and tensions, "causing sadness, indifference and even frustration".
It is not the first time that the Cardinal criticizes this attitude of the powers of the State. In his message at the end of 2020 he clearly said: "In this dramatic climate of suffering caused by the pandemic, there is a deplorable reality at the level of political power, there is a permanent confrontation between the powers of the State, especially between the executive and the legislative power. Dialogue has been made impossible by offense, mutual discredit, disqualification and this was a great suffering for those who want to see a country that faces pain in serenity and peace, it is a debt that we have this year with people who expect a different attitude from their leaders".
With great difficulty, the law to contain the Covid-19 pandemic was passed by the Legislative Assembly and entered into force on Saturday 23 January 2021, after the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) ordered to proceed with this action. However, it now seems that the standards allowing a concrete application of the law in question are lacking. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 2/2/2021)