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Chilean bishops see national crisis of authority

May 06, 2015

The Catholic bishops’ conference of Chile has issued a statement noting “the loss of confidence in social relations and in leadership at all levels” in the country, saying that Chile is a land with “a devastated social fabric and where there is no trust.”

“Chileans have both the right to truth and justice, but also the possibility of forgiveness, which is not the same thing as impunity,” the bishops’ document says.

The bishops argue that the restoration of confidence will only come when those in authority recognize the moral imperative to use their power for the common good—to serve others, rather than to enhance their own wealth and status.


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