Argentina´s Crisis Deemed More Moral Than Economic

Bishops Meet with President

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BUENOS AIRES, DEC. 14, 2000 ( Argentina is suffering more from a moral crisis, than an economic one, which is possible but not easy to overcome, the president of this nation´s bishops´ conference said.

Nevertheless, Archbishop Estanislao Karlic, president of the conference, summing up the bishops´ meeting Tuesday with President Fernando de la Rua, said: «Argentina has the right and duty to hope.»

The meeting comes at a time when the country´s economic crisis threatens to stir social unrest. Archbishop Karlic added: «We all ended by saying: Spring is possible and due in Argentina, because God´s help is always present.»

President de la Rua told the local press that he was in «absolute agreement» with the members of the bishops´ executive commission on the topics discussed, and the bishops´ analysis of the present situation in the country.

De la Rua met the bishops two days after the first anniversary of his coming to power. The year was marked by a grave crisis within the president´s Alliance coalition, aggravated by economic recession.

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