September 1, 2014
Capitanich praises Pope's letter on crime
Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich praised Pope Francis’ letter to the 19th International Congress of Criminal Law calling for a “humanitarian vision over criminal matters”. He highlighted the Pope’s “clear, transparent” perspective and urged analysts to “take it into account”.
“The Pope’s perspective on security policy is not new, he ratifies it constantly. He conceives [insecurity] as a multicausal problem and his stance is pristine, clear, transparent,” Capitanich said in his daily press briefing and stressed that Francis had ratified his stance in the letter.
The Cabinet Chief said Francis’ point of view should be taken into account by analysts and he criticised the existence of a “superficial” approach to insecurity issue.
“We believe Pope Francis’ perspective […] needs to be taken under consideration, particularly by analyst who have a very biased view on the issue,” Capitanich stressed.
The Pope’s letter called for a “humanitarian view” on crime and highlighted that “an increase or hardening of crimes sentences would not solve social problems nor decrease crime rates”.