Sunday, April 29, 2018

"Black April"...5th priest killed in one month, Body of abducted 84 year old priest found in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat republished from

Exclusive interview with a Mexican priest tracking the persecution of the Church in Mexico: 

The message is clear: If I can kill a priest, I can kill anyone."


The Catholic Church in Mexico is experiencing another tragedy during this “Black April” marked by the death of priests. On April 25, Fr. Moisés Fabila, the 84-year-old chaplain of the Choir of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe was found dead in Cuernavaca, the capital of the state of Morelos, south of Mexico City.

The information available to date is that Fr. Moisés had been kidnapped last April 3; the ransom demanded by his captors had been paid, but due to the priest’s delicate health (he was in Cuernavaca to rest, due to illness) he was unable to survive his captivity.

He is the fourth priest to be found dead (three murdered and one the victim of a supposed accident) in less than a week. This chain of homicides makes Mexico the most dangerous place in the world to be a priest, with 24 (or 25) priests having been murdered in the five and a half years during which the current administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto has been in power.


Consequently, we interviewed Pauline priest Fr. Sergio Omar Sotelo, director of the Catholic Multimedia Center, an organization that has become a reference point for investigating, reporting, tracking, and defending the persecuted Church and the priests who have been murdered and tortured in Mexico.

What is the common motive behind the 24 murders of priests during these six years?

The motives are varied; however, in 85% of the cases, the hand of organized crime is present, and its intention is to desacralize priestly ministry. Why? To send a clear message: if I am able to kill a priest, I can kill anyone. The goal is to sow fear and to impose a culture of silence.

Do you think we can speak openly of “hate crimes”—of crimes of hate against the faith?

Clearly, there is hate; it’s the motor that drives the regrettable events we have experienced in recent years. Hate of the faith, of course; their methods—extortion, torture, murder, defamation—are the same in the majority of the cases we have recorded. If this isn’t hate, then I don’t know what we could call it.

Does the CMC keep a record of the impunity that criminals enjoy when it comes to their attacks on priests in Mexico?

Yes, in the book “Tragedy and Crucible of the Priesthood in Mexico” (“Tragedia y Crisol del Sacerdocio en México“), we describe the degree of impunity seen in crimes against the priests who have been murdered over the past 29 years. One aspect that is a manifestation of this phenomenon is, without a doubt, the criminalization and defamation of the murdered priests themselves.

Have the murders resulted in an increase in profanations?

Of course there has been an increase in the profanations, assaults, and robbery of parishes, churches, and cathedrals in the country. As an example, we can simply cite the sad events at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico [where a priest was stabbed and later died], and the bombing of churches in Matamoros, in the state of Tamaulipas, in recent months.

Is there a secret campaign to instill fear among priests, to reduce vocations and to undermine the prestige of the Catholic Church in Mexico?

It’s clear; 24 deaths in five years, and five deaths of priests in less than a month, are a sign that something is happening, that someone [in the government] isn’t doing his job well, and that someone wants to take a stand against the work of the Church in Mexico.

From the Vatican:

Father Jose Moises Fabila Reyes aged eighty three, had been based at the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City since 2001. On April 3rd he was kidnapped during a trip, to the nearby City of Cuernavaca.

A ransom of two million pesos, which is equivalent to 106,000 dollars was paid by the family, but it didn't save his life. His body was found in Cuernavaca. Police say forensic tests show, Father Jose who suffered from a heart condition, was dead before the ransom was paid. They also say evidence is emerging that he was followed and shadowed, leading up to the carefully planned abduction.

Father Jose was ordained in 1961. His Congregation, say he was a gentle, kind man who kept a low profile.

Five Priests have been murdered in Mexico this year. Twenty four have been murdered in Mexico since 2012.

24 comments:

  1. Siempre los lugares menos educados es donde matan a mas sacerdotes. Guerrero, Morelos, Michoacan y hasta partes de EDOMEX y la peninsula de baja. Pinche gente estupida ignorante que quiere que los sacerdotes les resuelvan sus problemas y o hagan milagros para ayudar a otros tantos.
    No sueñen con pendejadas pinche animales! Salgan adelante echandole ganas y obedeciendo a Dios y todo saldra bien aunque las cosas no mejoren de la noche a la mañana pero no se den por vencidos. Todo es posible.

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    1. 3:56 the kidnappers of father Moiseis Fabila got their prayers answered for 2 million peisos (about 106 000 dollars).
      Father Moiseis' prayers obviously did not work, but I swear I can still hear his prayers,
      --God must have been too busy counting the ransom...

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  2. 11“Let the wicked still act wickedly, and the filthy still be filthy. The righteous must still do right, and the holy still be holy.”
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    “Behold, I am coming soon. I bring with me the recompense I will give to each according to his deeds.f
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    I am the Alpha and the Omega,g the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”*
    14
    Blessed are they who wash their robes so as to have the right to the tree of life and enter the city* through its gates.h
    15
    Outside are the dogs, the sorcerers, the unchaste, the murderers, the idol-worshipers, and all who love and practice deceit.i
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    “I, Jesus, sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the root and offspring of David,* the bright morning star.”

    Revelation Chapter 22

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    1. We must defend ourselves against roaring lions. - Sol Prendido

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    2. 3:01 jimmy, don't start passing the kool-aid all over again

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  3. I don't know why he was targeted . I suspect they knew the money would come through . Getting paid is the main motive . Mexico keeps sliding farther and farther down . Now with this election coming up and lopez being the front runner . It is obvious the criminals will do whatever to get him elected . So many Mexicans believe it they would just not bother the drug trafficker there would be less violence . Go help mexico

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    1. That comment doesn't even make sense. Who elected Peña? Calderon? Fox? and 70 former years of PRI?

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    2. 10:14 the US famously changes regimes they don't welcome, and they do it rather quickly, even if there is no clear need for it like Chile, and Colombia among others, so the US has been ery happy with 100 years of PRI rule and their perfect dictatorship...what you gonna do?

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  4. That’s fucked up

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  5. The apathy of the Mx.people is the cause of the country being destroyed by corruption and violence. Just keep looking away,YOUR next!

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    1. 3:37 people with their heads full of 💩 💩 💩 pop are worse than the Mexican people and their apathy. It is so easy to assign blame that people forget to investigate before throwing their shit away like chimpanzees or orange orangutans.

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  6. Them demons know their days are numbered and demons dont like to hear the word of god!the first commenter got it right!

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    1. 3:41 ay, no mames güey,
      His own religiositry did not save this priest, and he prayed for most of his 80 years he had on earth, care to do sum esplainin?

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  7. And to think that when the AFO killed Cardinal Posadas Mexico went non-stop and put the pressure on the AFO.

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    1. 5:02 the fairy tale also ended with La Chapa in prison after the CAFOS supposably tried to kill him...
      The guadalajara dioceses investigated and blames Carlos Salinas de Gortari, his procurador de justicia Dr Jorge Carpizo McGregor and the federal police commander rodolfo Leon Aragon, El Chino Leon, these days Municipal President (mayor) of Salinas Cruz Oaxaca...the caf and la chapa just were told to be there.

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  8. Why kill a harmless 84 year old priest? Cartels kill kids, horses, nuns babies, and now priests.

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  9. Keep killing them and see another earthquake you son of bicthes!

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    1. That's pretty funny but is not , sad story , yo pensé que a los viejitos respetaban estoy hueyes llegaron asta lo más bajo

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    2. 8:08 the State of Morelos is being run by Governor Graça Ramirez of the PRD PARTY, but he loves EPN and above all else his nalgas en el poder...
      Another earthquake would hurt the people, not the murderers or the kidnappers, embesil...

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  10. Which cartel is the most responsible for the kidnapping of priests or do they all do it?

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    1. All of the above, they kill anyone they feel like. No matter if they, the priests would not hurt a bug. They killed a priest, a while back, for holding a rifle of a local cartel, he was holding it, only for a picture, and that got him killed, the next day.

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  11. I was fortunate when young to travel through Mexico with my family and we were treated very well by all the people we met parents are gone but still have friends I will love till I die in your beautiful country have read bb for several years my first comment is to Chivas I sure do hope you see positive change in your lifetime your passion for what is right warms my heart thank you

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  12. Pedophile-priests getting double digit sentences here in the States and the Church being sued for sweeping things under the rug and moving the pedo-priests to other dioceses. Probably some street justice for at least a few in Mexico for the same.

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