reporters, Bishop Rabago explained that “due to the short amount of
time we have for this assembly,” it was impossible “to permit other
candidates to attend.”
“We hope that
the candidates will explain their proposals in order to maintain an
equally close relationship with all, as later they will debate in
public in order to make their plans known to the entire country so that
people can have greater clarity about the person for whom they will
vote in the upcoming elections,” he added.
general of the Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Carlos Aguiar Retes, called
the upcoming meeting with the candidates “historic”, adding that “this
type of thing has never happened before.”
In an interview
with the newspaper “Proceso,” Bishop Aguiar Retes said the bishops are
interested in “knowing firsthand the position of each candidate” about
“those issues that are of interest to us” and about which “they speak
little,” such as the defense of life and values.
Another issue of concern to the Church in Mexico is access to the media and full recognition of religious freedom.
said the meetings with the candidates will be private and last two
hours. Candidates will first outline their proposals and then
take questions from the bishops.
president of the Bishops’ Conference of Mexico, Bishop Jose Guadalupe
Martin Rabago, confirmed this week that several of the country’s
presidential candidates, including Roberto Madrazo, Andres Lopez
Obrador and Felipe Calderon, will address the bishops at their general
assembly April 24-28 about their proposals for the country.