Monday, July 18, 2011

The great bishop Raúl Vera receives threats - from whom?

Raúl Vera, bishop of Saltillo, and one of the very few of the top layers of the Mexican Catholic church with a demonstrated care for the poor, has been threatened with narco-style anonymous banners or mantas, containing messages such as "We want a Catholic Bishop" and "We Want the Bishop Only to Talk about Religion."

Vera is known for his defense of human rights and work on behalf of poor and marginalized sectors, and defending the rights of migrants, workers, women, gays, and others.

The usually arch-conservative Conferencia del Episcopado Mexicano (CEM) to its credit found it wise to express its support for Vera, while the vicar general of the diocese of Saltillo noted that the banners could have been placed there by both conservative catholic groups, and factions of organized crime.

Which are far too often, unfortunately, the very same.

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