Jul 10, 2020, ROSARIO, Argentina – In a letter signed by a third of the Catholic bishops in Ecuador, the prelates ask President Lenin Moreno to authorize the use of a bleaching agent as an “alternative medicine” to treat COVID-19.

“We ask you to authorize the use of chlorine dioxide,” said ten of the 30 bishops in the country in a letter to the president released on Thursday through the bishops’ conference website.

The missive touched on the use of chlorine dioxide as a side note, with most of the text denouncing the corruption shown by some government officials during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Among other things, the bishops ask for the resignation of the health minister.