.- The bishops of Mexico have sent a letter to the Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, expressing their solidarity with him in the face of an âundeservedâ orchestrated attack against him for which the cardinal is âsuffering for the Church,â involving the alleged cover-up of sexual abuse by clergy.
In the letter, the countryâs sixty-three other bishops said, âWe are aware that in affecting his personal dignity, what is being sought is to affect the Gospel, the Church, the Episcopal ministry and priestly life: you are suffering for the Church.â
They also expressed their appreciation for the suffering of Cardinal Rivera, who âis undoubtedly acceptable and pleasing in Godâs eyes; we encourage him to continue bearing witness as a successor of the Apostles.â
They also reminded him that he is not alone and that his brother bishops are united with him. Those who signed the letter include Cardinal Juan Sandoval IÃ±iguez of Guadalajara, Archbishop Emilio BerliÃ© of the Yucatan, Archbishop Francisco Robles of Monterrey, Archbishop JosÃ© Luis ChÃ¡vez Botello of Oaxaca, Archbishop Rogelio Cabrera of Tuxtla GutiÃ©rrez, Archbishop JosÃ© Guadalupe MartÃn RÃ¡bago of LeÃ³n, and the president of the Bishopsâ Conference of Mexico, Bishop Carlos Aguiar Retes.
Cardinal Rivera thanked his brother bishops for their solidarity.