Argentine Crisis Needs Moral Answers, Pope Tells President Duhalde

Points to Church’s Social Doctrine as a Valuable Tool

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VATICAN CITY, APRIL 7, 2003 ( In a meeting with Argentine President Eduardo Alberto Duhalde, John Paul II presented the Church’s social doctrine as a valuable instrument to surmount the country’s crisis.

Duhalde came to Rome, in part, to make a farewell visit to the Pope. Duhalde will leave his post in May and be replaced by the winner of the April 27 presidential elections.

In their meeting today, the Pope explained that «behind the situations of injustice there is always grave moral disorder, which does not improve by applying strictly technical measures, more or less successful, but above all by promoting decidedly an ensemble of reforms that favor the rights and duties of the family as the natural and irreplaceable basis of society.»

«Likewise,» the Holy Father said, «projects must be fostered for the defense and development of life that highlight the ethical dimension of the person, from conception until natural death.»

In this context, he suggested that «the legacy of the social doctrine of the Church continues to be a valuable instrument of direction to surmount the problems that hinder the construction of a more just, fraternal and solidaristic order.»

The Pope said that in the present Argentine circumstances, «the Church, witness of hope, is always ready to serve as an instrument of conciliation and understanding among the different sectors that make up the social fabric, so that each one will be able to cooperate effectively and actively in surmounting the difficulties.»

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