After the controversy aroused by the photos with Malena Galmarini, the wife of Sergio Massa, making the "V" of victory, the sign that characterizes the Peronists, and with the Minister of Economy himself embraced, the designated archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge García Cuerva, criticized the couple's attitude of publicly disseminating those images.
"I don't like that kind of exposure," said the current bishop of Rio Gallegos and revealed that he personally spoke with Massa about the situation. "I have much more friendship with other politicians than with them who have known how to take care of me and have not put the photos they have with me," García Cueva said in statements to FM Tiempo Sur of the capital of Santa Cruz.
In the same sense, he added: "I have more friendships with politicians belonging to other parties such as María Eugenia Vidal and Carolina Stanley who called me to congratulate me and who have known how to take care of me more." And he revealed that the head of the Buenos Aires Government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, also called him to greet him for his appointment.
He explained that he has "links with many politicians because when it comes to thinking about the good of our people in the village, I believe that the Church alone cannot do anything and neither can the State." "Those of us who have a capillary presence in the villages," he said, "are the priests of the villas and so many times we are the valid interlocutor of the municipal, provincial or national State when it wants to carry out a policy in the neighborhood."
"The priests of the villages have always demanded that there be an intelligent presence of the State and an intelligent presence means knowing the territory," he said. In that sense, he pointed out that "as many times officials do not know where to enter because they do not know that reality, one possibility is to enter into dialogue with the priest of the place."
He acknowledged that having served in the northern area of greater Buenos Aires and having been parish priest in the village of La Cava he had a "very good link, for example, with the mayor of San Isidro, (Gustavo) Posse, who is from another party; also with the Massas and the mayor of Tigre, (Julio) Zamora, but also with Vidal and Stanley."
"The same thing happens to me here in Santa Cruz with the provincial government and with all the mayors like the one in San Julián who is from another party, but we have the vice of pigeonholing someone on one side or the other," he lamented. And he said that when he arrived as a new bishop in Río Gallegos and celebrated the first Mass, he proposed ending with choripanes and that is why they put him "on one side of the crack. It's painful. It doesn't help."
On the other hand, he revealed that he spoke by telephone with Pope Francis, who told him "two simple but fundamental things: 'Do not lose peace and God is greater'. It would seem," he added, "that they are stamp advice, but they are much more than that."
"Those who know me, my friends, know who I am. That gives me peace. The Pope also told me to go slowly. I will see, I will study. 'Do not panda the cunico, as the Chapulín Colorado would say'.
On the other hand, he came out at the intersection of the questions he received for having baptized a few years ago the two children of Florencia de la V. and, above all, denied that other priests had refused to administer that sacrament to them.
"It didn't. They sought me out because I worked with groups of trans people to help them get out of prostitution and have hairdressing or bleaching businesses," she explained.
He pointed out that "the requirements of canon law (to impart baptism) are placed on the godparents and the godparents of those two boys complied with everything."
He specified that these requirements "are placed in the education and religiosity of the godparents and when I asked Florencia why she wanted to baptize them, she told me that it was because she wanted them to grow in the faith."
"I don't know how many parents are able to become aware of what baptism means and say it so clearly," he said, clarifying: "I didn't do it secretly. I discussed it with the bishop, Monsignor Ojea. And with Cardinal Bergoglio because the baptism was in Buenos Aires. But it's easier to criticize."