Xalapa, Mexico, May 24, 2021 / 15:01 pm
The Archdiocese of Xalapa offered on Sunday four guidelines for “responsible discernment” when casting a vote in the upcoming legislative election.
On June 6, Mexicans will vote for 500 representatives to the federal congress and more than 20,000 local offices, such as governors, local representatives, and mayors.
Fr. José Manuel Suazo, director of communications for the Xalapa archdiocese, said in a May 23 statement that "on June 6, more than 93 million Mexicans will have the responsibility of electing our leaders and legislators."
These politicians, he added, "will be entrusted with the noble task of putting into action all their skills and knowledge to help our country have the conditions for progress and that support the rule of law.”
The archdiocesan spokesman stressed that "the Christian faith contains a set of truths that are non-negotiable and contribute to making everyone's life to be treated with dignity."
In particular, Fr. Suazo singled out “respect for the life of every person from conception to natural death; natural marriage as the foundation for the family; the family as the basic cell of society and the value of human freedom to live and be organized according to our convictions, whether as individuals or in association.”
There have been recent attempts to legalize abortion and same-sex marriage in various states or on the federal level, and the country has been plagued by drug cartel violence and political corruption for decades.
"The scenarios that we are experiencing in our country require us to exercise responsible and serious discernment that will help us vote conscientiously according to our values and convictions, in a free, reasoned and informed manner," he said.