Argentina, the pending trip of Francisco, joins for the 10 years of the papacy
“Argentines and the We Argentines love you very much. We greatly appreciate your tenacious work for peace, justice and integral human development throughout the world.” The tenth anniversary of Francis's papacy was on the brink of unanimity in his own country. The ephemeris added up to in a joint letter to the main referents of Peronism, the government party, the enemies Alberto Fernández and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, as well as As two candidates from the right in the presidential elections in October, the mayor of the city of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodríguez, and María Eugenia Vidal. p>
The presence of contenders who have renounced all kinds of consensus in the same letter caused controversy. certain surprise in the city of Buenos Aires. It was even talked about. of a political miracle. Former President Mauricio Macri did not stamp his name. his signature in the message of salutation that manifests the “closeness” of the adherents to the message for the work of the Argentine pontiff in “favor of Humanity, in particular of people excluded and poor peoples”. The letter refrained from mentioning the pending subjectof Francisco: since he arrived to the Vatican has not returned to Argentina. Although the pope has been in Chile, Peru has been there. and Brazil, among other Latin American countries, has always left a possible pastoral visit to his country for an uncertain future. Bergoglio does not want to be the object of dispute in a polarized Argentina. Despite his absence, the weight of the pontifical figure is easily detectable in Argentine politics.
Ten years later
The arrival of the ex-archbishop of the capital to the papacy aroused controversy. a decade ago a deep political shock. At that time, the Jesuit Jorge Bergoglio felt closer to the opposition despite his sympathies for Peronism, inferred and at the same time put into question. questioned by himself in a recent book. At that time, Bergoglio tenaciously opposed the equal marriage lawwhat sanctioned The congress. However, when Macri arrived, came to power, at the end of 2015, it seemed He was more in tune with Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, an assiduous interlocutor. Despite this rapprochement, the enactment of the abortion law that Peronism promoted was unsuccessful. in 2020, woke up in Francisco a predictable displeasure. After the failed attack on the vice president,Last September, relations got back on track. The pontiff himself called it the over the phone.
“On this tenth anniversary of your pontificate, we, Argentine men and women from different areas of public life, from different religious, political and ideological backgrounds, want to express our admiration,” he said. ;alan the signatories who, at the same time, ponder the “firm defense of world peace” and the “permanent promotion of an Integral Ecology that allows us to hear the cry of Mother Earth and of the Human Being in the face of situations destructive that threaten peoples and nature”.
10 years have passed. We hear from the papacy of Francis, the greatest moral leader the world has. “Nobody saves themselves,” he said. And I always repeat it.
Let's put individualism aside and build a more supportive Argentina. pic.twitter.com/0lnRmNrID0
— Alberto Fernández (@alferdez) March 11, 2023
President Fernández made his own comment about this decade: Francisco, he said, is “the greatest moral leader the world has.” That is why he asked, like Bergoglio, to leave behind “individualism and let us build a more supportive Argentina.” Larreta did not want to be outdone and, as the most serious candidate for the presidency on the part of the opposition, he wrote the following: this Monday on his Twitter account: “Dear Francisco, I want to thank you for your tireless vocation and commitment to build bridges, always in favor of dialogue and peace.” In the middle of the campaign for the primaries of the right, Larreta usually says the opposite: there is no possibility of dialogue with a large part of the Government.
Dear Francisco, I celebrate the 10° It is the anniversary of your election as Pope and I want to thank you for your tireless vocation and commitment to build bridges, always in favor of dialogue and peace. pic.twitter.com/5S8Fy9x4nt
— Horacio Rodríguez Larreta (@horaciorlarreta) March 13, 2023
Francisco and Peronism
There is a kind of common sense, especially among the Peronists, that the role “belongs to them” and that is one of the reasons why he has not returned to Argentina since the start of the campaign. his papacy. The right-wing opposition also has the impression that Bergoglio is more akin to the programmatic precepts of Peronism, not alien, in the days of its founding, in 1946, to The Social Doctrine of the Church.
The pontiff himself has tried to qualify this idea in El Pastor, a recently published book by Sergio Rubin and Francesca Ambrogetti. . “My writings on social justice led to people saying that I am a Peronist. And in the hypothesis of having a Peronist conception of politics, what would be wrong?“.
The truth is that, on this tenth anniversary, Peronists and anti-Peronists felt the unusual need to close ranks in defense of Francisco against the attacks of the conservative sectors of the Church : “We know the resistance that your work generates among those who may see interests that are not legitimate affected.”