An elegant church given as a gift by Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano "El Lazca", head of the Los Zetas, to the poor colonia of Tezontle in Pachuca, Hidalgo.
In an editorial titled “Inhumane Barbarism”, published in the Catholic weekly “Desde la Fe”, the Archdiocese of Mexico argues that high livel politicians, governors of certain states, entire police forces, the military, businessmen, journalists, communications media and some religious circles are corrupted by the power of drug trafficking and organized crime, and that this involvement drives the violence in the country.
The editorial lamented the incidents of “barbarism” by organized crime that occurred this past week and deplored the "irrational actions that violently ended the lives of more than 50 youths around the country, that should make us think beyond the outrage and condemnation.”
"Nothing justifies the merciless killing of many people, especially young people, by criminals who move with impunity throughout the country."
“In the conscience of corrupt governments at all levels is the disaster we are living, in the conscience dishonest businessmen paid to launder money is the source of so much bloodshed, in the minds of many citizens who have sought easy money through drug trafficking is the cause of this widespread problem.”
"We can start with high level politicians, from governors of different states to entire police forces, through the military. We can mention business sectors, journalists and media and, unfortunately, some religious communities."
“We find ourselves with this crisis from the great cities to the most isolated townships, where people from all classes are circulating the money from drug trafficking. Also, it is with great shame that some Catholic communities are suspected of colluding with drug trafficking benefactors who have helped with money, derived from that dirty and bloody business, for building chapels. This is immoral and doubly damning, and there is no justification to accept this situation."
"We must say, with regret, that some towns and communities have justified drug traffickers because they are benefactors of the people. Of course, we must also say, the addiction of many in our country and of our neighbor to the north is the main cause of this barbarism. "
The Catholic Church presented a series of questions about what is occurring in Mexico, among them:
How and why did we got to this point?
Is it just a matter for the police and authorities or is society itself is already involved?
Why are a relative few filling our world with fear and violence?
What state of the republic is free of this scourge?
What sector of the population is not involved with the corrupting power of drug trafficking and the crime that results from it?
The editorial ended by demanding an end to complicity, impunity and an indifferent and complacent society and stated it is time for society and government to commit to rebuilding the social fabric so affected by the abandonment of values and respect for life, lack of education and job opportunities for youth, as well as the development of "more honesty" in economic activities.
"It is not time now to apportion blame but to find solutions and commit ourselves to eradicate the roots of this social cancer that threatens to destroy us. It is well that certain public figures stop talking about legalizing drugs and commit to rescue our youth and communities.”
Sources for this article:
El Universal: http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/notas/720212.html