Mexican bishops urge candidates to improve level of politics


The bishops of Antequera-Oaxaca in Mexico reminded political parties and candidates last week to improve upon the level of politics in the country because the Mexican people want representatives who are attentive to their needs.

“Citizens want parties and candidates who listen, who dialogue in the truth,” and “are always seeking the common good.”  They added that it is necessary for political leaders to “propose real and feasible solutions to the challenges and fundamental necessities of our society, and to make commitments to fulfill their promises,” said the statement signed by Archbishop Jose Luis Chavez Botello of Antequera-Oaxaca and Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Campos.

They added that continuous broken promises have led many Mexicans to become disillusioned, which has only caused greater deterioration of the social fabric.

The bishops encouraged voters to become organized and make their voices heard, as otherwise “our leaders and political parties will never straighten up, and improve the level of politics.”  If citizens do not grow in social participation and responsibility, they added, “the achievements and advances will be superficial and fleeting.”

The bishops asked those in Oaxaca to reflect on the needs of their region.  “What does Oaxaca need most for peaceful coexistence, for its cultural, economic, political and social development?”  What are the candidates and different sectors of society proposing?  How can we put together the proposed solutions to the huge challenges and needs with the various proposals and keep society informed? How can we promote greater unity in society?” the bishops asked.

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