.- The Archdiocese of Mexico’s weekly “Desde la Fe,” has called on voters not to leave their ballots unchecked or to abstain from voting during the July 5 elections, saying that doing so would lead the country to democratic failure.
In a recent editorial, the weekly responded to some commentators who have urged voters to leave some boxes unchecked or to abstain from voting. “Desde la Fe” warned that such action would be a concession to “those who think that Mexico can only function with totalitarianism.”
“Although non-participation is an expression of repudiation, in a democratic system like the one Mexicans are building, non-participation or annulling the vote can be truly irresponsible,” the editorial warned.
“Desde la Fe” added that the bishops are determined to remind citizens that in a democracy what counts in electing lawmakers and leaders are the votes. It also reaffirmed the right of religious associations to freely express their doctrinal principles and moral values. “The Church does not only have the right to express her principles, but also to ask the faithful to act consistently with them, in their consciences and in their public and political commitments,” the newspaper stated.