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#Moises #Pineda #Salazar

#By: #Moisés #Pineda

I have been asked to write something about my recently deceased friend and colleague: CLOTARIO COPERNICO HEMER CERVANTES

#Obituaries, eulogies and elegies are not my strong suit.

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I have something in advance.
#But, taking into account the present social and political circumstances of #Colombia, he had not disclosed them to avoid unobjective discussions about his thought as a Theologian, #Economist and #Sociologist and his legacy as a guide in the change of the prevailing capitalist, #Catholic and conservative “confessionalism” in the SENA of the late 1960s and early 1970s that had in #Father #Adán #Londoño SJ, his doctrinal guardian and in the ethics training manuals, his catechism.

#Reaching that #Institutional change was a collective exercise in which he participated together with the RP #Jorge #Martínez (RIP), #Hugo and #Mario #Peresson-SDB, #Francisco de #Roux. SJ and the CINEP team, #Hugo #Romero OFM, #Father #Higuita in #Medellín, #Father #Nelson #Gutierrez in #Cartagena, the #Chaplain of the #Seine in #Santa #Marta, whose name escapes me and that some of my readers must remember better than me.

#It was a work that lasted almost five years in which figures such as #Father #Vidal in #Montería, later excelled in the
construction of a culture of dialogue and negotiation, which led him to be exalted to the episcopate in #Montería and #Ciénaga de #Oro.

#That is the #Clotario #Hemer whose personal and significant memory for millions of students, I would like to share, that of the #Priest committed to social struggles in the #South of the #Department of #Atlántico, in the company of the priests #Izquierdo, #Santander, #Villegas and #Castro who exercised their #Mission in the midst of a fierce war for control of land ownership and the abrupt transition from an amphibious culture – of fishing and water – to that of agriculture and livestock. There is no talk about those wars, their causes, their actors and victims. #Those memories must rest at CINEP.

#That was an abrupt change whose negative consequences, from his scientific discipline as a #Sociologist, #Economist and native of that area, were anticipated by #Clotario and a very important part of the #Diocesan #Clergy, especially, very especially, from #Barranquilla, from the #Archdiocese of #Cartagena, from the #Diocese of #Sincelejo- headed by #Monsignor #Nel #Beltrán- and #Montería.

#All that unsuccessful attempt at #Agrarian #Reform that changed once and for all to the #South #Atlantic and the #Canal del #Dique, the #Mohana #Sucreña and the #Magdalena, as part of national struggles, led to the #Chicoral and #Sincelejo #Agreements and to new scenarios for #Peace and for the internal armed conflict in #Colombia.

#In those circumstances, #Clotario, who had known us since the days of the #Seminary, the #Brotherhoods of #Labor, the progressive sectors of the trade union organizations and the agrarian struggles, coordinated with the other chaplains of SENA in the #Region, assumed the task and the risk of convening a team of #Ethics #Instructors, men and women, #Catholics, non-Catholics and agnostics, all trained in #Social #Sciences, who would give shape to that institutional change in which the ontological reflection was guided by CHRISTIAN HUMANISM and therefore, focused on the PERSON, WORK, SOCIETY

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The currents of the PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH / ACTION #School (IAP) promoted by the #National #University under the leadership of the sociologist from #Barranquilla #Orlando #Fals #Borda, renewed the research and training dynamics that opened the SENA to the real world of #Politics in the field #Urban and #Rural

#That intellectual, ideological and political process, in turn, permeated a #Liberal and #Democratic dynamic within SENA that privileged the CONSTRUCTION of POPULAR, DEMOCRATIC, PARTICIPATORY and ORGANIZATIONAL KNOWLEDGE. (PPPR PPPU and of methodological and pedagogical innovations in the field of #Vocational #Training such as CAPACA and CIPACU whose history has yet to be written before the new conservative, authoritarian, unscientific, homogenizing and hegemonic dynamics reach the purpose of erasing them from the collective memory.

#But, this profile of #Clotario #Hemer, as we remember it in that team of which, as generators of content and pedagogical action, we are part in #Barranquilla #Rodolfo #Ortega (RIP), #Javier #Useche, #Carlos #Rosas, #Manuel #Escobar (RIP), #Silvia #Luz #Meza, #Rita #Noriega and other instructors whose names escape me, will surely give the #Informal #Agents of the #New #Order reasons to set up a debate and a controversy of an ideological and political and sterile nature that may lead us to conclude that, having arrived #Clotario at almost 90 years old, away from the #Academy, #Research and #Pastoral #Care, “the best thing is that we let that soul rest in peace”. #Which, given all that #Clotario contributed to SENA as a #Priest, #Economist and as a #Sociologist (#Louvain), WOULD NOT BE FAIR, neither with his memory, nor with his legacy.

#Perhaps this profile will have to be raised in other spaces, perhaps in another time, perhaps with other people.

#Perhaps, we will have to wait for progress in the utopia that there are new generations of people different from those of now, who see in the debate an opportunity to grow in humanity and truth through #Authentic #Dialogue and not a threat that is resolved, or avoided, using imposition and violence.

#Perhaps we will have to wait for a #New #Man who, breaking with a system of ideas in which diversity and pluralism are synonymous with “confusion” and this appears as the materialization of divine punishment as a result of the pride and arrogance of the A man who, in the metaphor of the #Tower of #Babel, wanted to reach the knowledge of #God by his own means, was not afraid of conflict or its process.

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#Clotario #Copernico #Hemer #Cervantes believed in these #Utopias of the #New #Man and of that #New #Society in #Emergency, in permanent construction.

#Working with him, we agreed and learned to believe the same.

#DIARYLIBERY



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