The Archbishop of Guadalajara, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez, said this week the solution for overcoming violence is not more violence, “but rather doing justice and giving the poor the help they need in order to overcome poverty.”
The Church is very concerned about the violence that has become more acute in the country, and she hopes officials “can control and repress organized crime and give people a little bit of peace and security,” Cardinal Sandoval said recently.
After noting that drug-trafficking is “a completely immoral and harmful activity for the country,” he called on Christians to be consistent and to reject such acts. “We are going to pray very much to the Lord and not do business or make agreements in any way with drug trafficking, because that only encourages it and makes it grow,” the cardinal stated.
He pointed out that while there is no automatic excommunication for drug traffickers in the state of Guadalajara, the bishops of the region have imposed excommunication on those who kidnap and their accomplices.