.- The Archdiocese of Mexico issued a statement last week clarifying that St. Jude Thaddeus is not the âpatron saintâ of criminals or drug lords and that devotion to âSaint Deathâ is not compatible with the Catholic faith.
The statement noted that âmany people who commit crimes believe that St. Jude is their patron saint.â âIn no way would this saint be interceding before God in heaven for those who act contrary to the commandments of Christ, violating the precepts of Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not commit adultery.â
During the recent celebration of the feast of St. Jude, known traditionally as the patron saint of lost causes, the archdiocese said that the Church encourages authentic expressions of devotion to the saint, but that it was obliged to point out that âin some cases there are serious incompatibilitiesâ with the teachings of the Church.
The archdiocese added that true devotion to St. Jude âis completely the opposite of the devotion to âSaint Death,â as Christ himself overcame death in his glorious rising from the tomb, promising eternal life to those who keep the commandments of the law of God.â
The devotion to âSaint Death,â which is linked to witchcraft and becomes more prominent as the feast of All Souls approaches, has become popular in recent years in parts of Mexico.