Buenos Aires, December 1, 2004
Dear sons and brothers:
For some time now have been taking place in the City some public expressions of mockery and insults to people of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary, as well as various demonstrations against the religious and moral values we profess. Today I speak to you very hurt by the blasphemy that is perpetrated in the Recoleta Cultural Centre for an exhibition with plastic. It also saddens me that this event is held in a cultural center that is supported with money given by Christians and people of good will contribute with their taxes.
Jesus already warned us that these things happen and, with great tenderness, he told us not to be afraid, we are your little flock, who persevere in the fight of faith and charity, hoping in Him, praying with true confidence children to the Father who loves us.
Given this blasphemy that shames our city I ask you, together, make an act of reparation and apology. Thus, on 7 December, the eve of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, I invite you to be a day of fasting and prayer, a day of penance in which, as a Catholic community, we ask the Lord to forgive our sins and city. May our Mother of Luján accompany us with his affection.
Card. Jorge Mario Bergoglio s.j
Archbishop of Buenos Aires