.- The president of the Bishopsâ Conference of Mexico, Archbishop Carlos Aguiar Retes, acknowledged that the country has been a secular state âfor more than a century and a half.â He added that the recent passage of a constitutional reform formally declaring Mexico as âsecularâ is an attempt to diminish âthe religious freedom of citizens.â
Archbishop Aguiar said the amendment to the constitution âsimply confirms something that we have already grown accustomed to. The secular state has been firmly established for a long time.â
âNobody disputes the appropriate and healthy separation of Church and State,â he said. âDefending the secular state is the least of (the government's) concerns.â
âWhat they want to do is diminish the religious freedom of Mexico's citizens,â the archbishop explained.
Referring to the Mexican Attorney Generalâs lawsuit before the Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of same-sex âmarriage,â Archbishop Aguiar said the Archdiocese of Mexico City hopes âthe Court will rule that it is unconstitutional.â
For his part, the president of the National Confraternity of Christian Evangelical Churches, Arturo Farela, also voiced opposition to the modification of the constitution saying, âThe churches are part of the Mexican constitution, we are part of the machinery that contributes to the development of the country.â