AMERICA/MEXICO - Mgr. Navarro: "We must not remain silent but commit ourselves with our history"

Thursday, 12 January 2017 politics   bishops   violence   poverty  

Zamora (Agenzia Fides) - During the traditional "Rosca de Reyes", a cake to share to celebrate Epiphany, held in the Bishop’s offices of the Diocese of Zamora (Michoacán, Mexico), was also attended by media representatives, His Exc. Mgr. Javier Navarro Rodríguez, invited to respond before the violent events that occurred in different places of the region.
"We must not remain silent, we are in a democracy and as Catholics we are called to be light of the world and salt of the earth, and that means not to be passive but to commit ourselves with our history, because history will not be changed by Santa Claus or Chapulín Colorado (a Mexican comic character)", said the Bishop.
Mgr. Navarro Rodríguez, recalls that in several cities in Mexico there have been protests for the increase in petrol and violence among civil groups against the government, he said: "What is serious is the loss of confidence in the authorities, that have broken laws that they themselves invite to respect. That is why, as a Church, we do not invite to conformism or to be passive, but to react without violence".
He added that we must change the contorted history ourselves with the help of God, "because we must put human beings at the center, in this case the Mexican, and if one does not believe in God, one must believe in the human being".
In his speech for the new year, the Mexican President informed of the increase in petrol as a necessary measure, but no significant impact on inflation. This was necessary to allow Mexico to return to be competitive in the energy sector, in order not to create new taxes and make cuts in social promotion. However, the increase of petrol has resulted in the increase of basic necessities. Unfortunately, there have been many reactions, from different social sectors and with a lot of violence, to the point of counting so far more than 4 deaths among protesters and looting and unrest in several cities of the country. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 12/01/2017)