AMERICA/MEXICO - Priest threatened with death, but the Church does not stop in defense of the rights of the population

Tuesday, 28 April 2020 human rights   pastoral   social situation   armed groups   violence  


San Cristobal (Agenzia Fides) - Quarantine to combat the pandemic is not enough to stop organized crime that continues to threaten the population in Mexico. This is what happens in Chiapas, where priests have been threatened with death by phone calls from alleged members of the Jalisco Nueva Generacion Cartel (CJNG), which according to local media reports have only been in the area for a few months.
Father Marcelo Perez received a phone call with death threats against him and his family. The diocese of San Cristobal de las Casas, in a statement sent to Fides, informs the authorities that Father Marcelo, responsible for the social pastoral care of the diocese, was threatened, as well as his family and his faithful members of the Parochial Council of San Antonio of Padua if they do not obey the requests of the CJNG.
According to the threatening call, the Catholic Church through its priests must "align" and recognize the CJNG as master of the territory, in return there will be peace in the area, otherwise blood will flow into the community.
The CJNG seeks to intimidate groups of citizens of rural areas with fear, but this time we are talking about the Catholic Church in an area where social pastoral care is organized so well that it has managed to unite 18 municipalities in the area in defense of human rights, according to information from the diocese of San Cristobal de las Casas. The diocese concludes the message signed by the Bishop, Mgr Rodrigo Aguilar, states that the work of Catholics will not stop because it is a successful commitment after so many years of commitment of the diocese with the population. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 28/4/2020)