Italy “do needs institutional ethics, in addition to the private one: without public morals, no good laws are made, and if they are, they are not observed”. This was the cardinal Bagnasco’s warning at the end of the CEI’s general assembly. The cardinal discussed several topics in his speech: “We must not be in a hurry”, he warned. “A more relaxed moment, when you can more easily think and discuss, without being up to your neck in something – this is the basis to achieve better results.” And if there are particular urgencies inside the measures, “nothing prevents them from being extracted”.
Therefore, to institute reforms it is important to take time to think without being in a hurry, in order to prevent bad choices. About the Jobs Act, Bagnasco was cautious. “On one hand, it is gaining confidence, because the market is moving”, he explained. “But on the other, there is a growing concern for the risk of job insecurity. The world of work has changed, it is true, but we must stabilize the flexibility with a stable and secure job. If people are not sure about the job role, which doesn’t mean a life permanent employment, they cannot plan their life peacefully.”
Another important passage was the one about the corruption, which the Pope had reflected on opening the CEI’s assembly. “As bishops – Bagnasco pointed out – we accepted his invite to denounce it without shyness and we are ready to get back and possibly revise our document on legality education.” In the Italian society, moreover, a central role is played by the family, a subject on which the Church has never been afraid to be unpopular. Ireland is going to endorse gay marriage in a plebiscite. But in Bagnasco’s opinion: “Any assimilation of nucleus of human relations to the family won’t be good for society”.
Translation provided by Maria Rosaria Mastropaolo