CNA Staff, Sep 8, 2023 / 11:40 am
Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega of of Guadalajara, Mexico, and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador are having a war of words after the national leader responded with a joke to questions about a brutal multiple murder that has galvanized a country already reeling from thousands of killings associated with out-of-control drug cartels.
An opinion column published in El Seminario — the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Guadalajara — criticized López Obrador, who has been called into question over his government’s apparent inability to address widespread murder and terrorism at the hands of drug cartels.
“Far from addressing matters seriously that the country is facing (crime, health, education),” the newspaper charged, López Obrador responds “with contempt, indifference, and mockery, without attending” to the victims.
The Aug. 26 op-ed came after López Obrador told a joke at one of his daily press conferences when the media asked about the August disappearance and presumed murder of a group of young men in central Mexico. Rather than addressing the issue, he claimed to have not heard the question and instead told a joke. He then walked away from the podium.