.- The Bishopsâ Conference of Mexico has denounced media reports accusing the Church of ârecognizing the kindness of drug lords,â saying the Catholic Church does not support âthe conduct and actions of drug traffickers; on the contrary, she condemns it and will continue doing so because it is an attack on life and on the good of Mexico.â
The accusations against the Church came after statements made by Bishop Carlos Aguiar Retes of Texcoco during Lent, in which he called for the conversion of all Catholics and especially of drug traffickers, some of whom, he said, have come to the Church asking for support with the intention of changing their lives.â
In response, the Bishopsâ Conference issued a statement lamenting that âmilitants of some political parties, social organizations and the intellectual classâ have made comments on âa issue as delicate as that of the call to change oneâs lifeâ without knowing the context of Bishop Aguiarâs statements.
The statement pointed out that Bishop Aguiar was asked by a journalist if drug lords could be converted, to which he replied that even though some want to, âcurrent legislation does not encourage such change,â and therefore many prefer to remain as they are although others ârisk their own lives by accepting the call to conversion.â
The bishopsâ also noted that while Bishop Aguiar did say that âmany drug traffickers are welcomed in their places of originâ because âthey have provided services to the people there,â what he never said was that âthe Catholic Church had received donations from drug traffickers.â
The Church has always exhorted those who have strayed from the path of goodness, âespecially those who have fallen into drug use and the drug trafficking network, to change their ways,â the statement said.
Therefore, âthe idea that the Church would seek out and promote repentance, forgiveness, unity, peace, stability and the overcoming of conflicts should not concern or scandalize us,â the bishops said, especially in Mexico, where âthere are urgent needs for justice and reconciliation, as well as for an end to impunityâ.