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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Dozens of Catholic Priests murdered by Organized Crime during Calderon-Peña Administrations

Written by Lucio for Borderland Beat
Catholic Priests, are among the bravest drug war heroes of Mexico, and they are being killed at an escalating and appalling rate. Few are reporting the full story, or are reporting the numbers inaccurately, including the Catholic Church.

The fact that Mexico is one of the most dangerous places on earth for reporters is well known, what is far less written about is the violence perpetrated against  Catholic Priests.

Mexico is officially now the most dangerous place on earth for Catholic Priests.  While long in the top group of most dangerous places for priests, Mexico is now its leader.  For the sixth consecutive year, Mexico tops the list in murders and disappearances of Catholic priests in Latin America.

What must be established, murders and kidnappings of priests receive little attention outside regional reporting hubs.  It is a perplexing, how a story of dozens of  priests being murdered by cartels during  2 administrations goes unrecognized, or for example, a story  about 5 priests being killed in November–December of 2013 in Tamaulipas and Veracruz,  is but a tiny blip on the media radar. 

Inaccuracy of numbers

It must be pointed out, that priests are kidnapped, often from churches or rectories, but  the "disappearance" never budges  from  being labeled as such,  to being counted as “killed” or "dead", unless there is a body. Those  kidnapped and not found, are  not recorded on a drug war casualty list. 

In fairness, neither is any other group of people, which renders summations weak and without merit. 

 Nonetheless, the point being, as the title of this post says;  ' "dozens" of priests killed during the Calderon-Peña Administrations', astonishing in of itself, still is an accurate tally.

Then there is misreporting, much like municipalities are known to ascribe to, in attempting to lower the rate of violence.

For example, with four days remaining in 2012, in the state of Michoacán, padre Santiago Álvarez Figueroa, vanished. Although he had received dozens of death threats leading up to his disappearance, Authorities were quick to discount he had fallen prey to organized crime, instead this story was offered, “we think he was in an automobile accident”, this was reported by Jesus Reyes Garcia of the governor’s office, who later revised the version when the vehicle of the priest was not found and parishioners rejected the account.

What is known, Father Santiago, 27, had just finished celebrating Mass in the tiny town of Jacona, he entered his car and headed home to his hometown of Paredones. He called one of the nuns, advising  he was on his way back home.  

He never arrived.

Reyes is now incarcerated for collusion with organized crime, he was temporary governor while Governor Fausto Vallejo Figueroa was in the U.S. getting a new liver. Vallejo Figueroa resigned on the heels of the controversy of his son’s arrest.  His son known as ‘El Gerber’, was arrested after a Tutateca video of him with the Caballeros Templarios leader surfaced.

Santiago’s  body was never found.  He is not listed as murdered, he is with the other priests in perpetual limbo on the “disappeared” list. His Bakersfield, California, family, has no doubt he was murdered by organized crime, most likely the culprits are Caballeros Templarios.

Torture, including rape prior to murder

Organized crime killings of priests are particularly brutal.

The recovered bodies of priests depict odious, barbaric torture and killing.  Decapitation, dismemberment, incineration, strangulation, drowning, torture and rape are the methods used against priests in additional to the “conventional” killing methods of gunshot, or stabbings.

Take the case of  Padre John Ssenyondo of Chilapa, Guerrero.  The Ugandan priest loved his adopted country of Mexico, and wanted better for its people. He had lived in Guerrero for 5 years, preaching to the most impoverished if Mexican populous.  And by all accounts his parishioners loved the outgoing priest with the quick wide smile.

But they also worried about his safety.  For his sermons had become strong and firm against organized crime.  Many think that was his downfall.  

In April of 2014, Padre John disappeared while traveling back from conducting mass (service) in the mountains of Guerrero.  His disappearance went almost without notice, if not for the discovery of a mass grave.

The Catholic Church was quiet about the case, the regional rector of the cathedral, Javier Casarrubias Carballido,  never commented on the missing Priest.

Parishioners spoke among themselves, a persistent rumor was that a cartel leader asked the priest to baptize his child, and the request was denied.  That scenario seems unlikely, since in the Catholic religion, the sins of the father would be deemed irrelevant to the child.
The other scenario is the more likely of the two, the priest would not heed to warnings to  halt sermons against organized crime. He had begun drawing the link of local officials and organized crime.

A mass grave was discovered in the outskirts of Chilapa, Chilapa is about 30 miles east of Chilpancingo, the state capital.
The remains of Padre John were among the 13 bodies buried in a mass narco fosa. The bodies were decapitated and dismembered, and incomplete. Padre John’s skull and various other bones were discovered, he was identified by dental records.

Why are priest targeted?

Long held rumors of priests ingratiating themselves towards organized crime groups for financial gain, benefiting their parishes, is persistent, but inaccurate.  That would be the exception not the norm.  Organized crime regards priests as the enemy. The following lists a few of the reasons why.

Sermons: outspoken priests, who preaching against organized crime, and the collusion of government officials and police.  Organized crime groups prefer to remain under the radar, and feel threatened by those who may encourage an organized backlash against their activities.  Same can be said about municipal governments and police. 

Assisting Economic Migrants:   Migrants, mostly from Central America, are highly exploited by cartels, and are at the core of narco occupational diversification.  For example the sex trade, kidnapping, extortion, human trafficking, and forcible recruitment into cartel work including becoming sicarios (hitmen).  Those who shelter migrants and advocate for migrant issues, interrupt business, resulting in bottom line impact.  Catholic clergy are the operators of 95% of migrant shelters.  They are also their greatest advocacy group, in and out of Mexico.

Who can ever forget the images of 72 migrants slaughtered in Tamaulipas in 2010?  72 human beings, executed for the crime of refusing recruitment into the Los Zetas cartel.

Throughout Mexico Catholic Priests create a safe haven for migrants.  Priests provide migrants shelter, assistance, medical care and other forms of care.  Cartels consider this an intrusion into their source of revenue.  Priests who run the migrant shelters such as Casa Migrante’s are constantly being threatened.  
Catholic based Rehab Centers: Alcohol and drug rehab centers have become fewer in number than two years ago.  There were a string of attacks by cartels, resulting in the destruction of centers or mass killings of inhabitants.  19 killed in a Chihuahua rehab in photo at left.

Cartels exploit the centers, extorting and forcibly recruit sicarios and drug traffickers, often death threats are realized when a rehab group resists. Others are killed for failing to pay for drugs or betraying a dealer

Supporting Autodefensa Movements:  Autodefensa groups are organized as a union consisting of 13 states.  Some priests are  targeted because of their support of these groups, or direct involvement.

Refusing requests:  In the narco world,  it is notable that there are large groups of Santería followers. Although the religious based cult is syncretized with Catholicism and Mesoamerican, it is strictly condemned by the religion.  Small “Santeria Chapels” are erected that seem to pop up overnight, that “honor” the Santeria offshoot Nuestra Señora de la Santa Muerte.

While there are millions of good people, often the marginalized people of society, which practice the “religion”, with no intention to harm others.  It is organized crime that have taken it to a sinister level, thinking that Santa Muerte will protect them from harm or imprisonment while they conduct criminality, including murder.
                                          This Santa Muerte chapel was bulldozed in Allende
                                                 This Acuña chapel was  destroyed in 2013

In 2013, Tamaulipas and Veracruz priests began receiving demands that Catholic altars in churches feature statues of Santa Muerte. Going further that masses be said in honor of Santa Muerte.  Parishioners say It is because of the refusals that some priests disappeared.

Extortion: Cartels treat priests/churches no differently than any other business in Mexico, they too are victims of extortion.

Three padres in the cross-hairs

Mexican priests are as a group vulnerable to attack, but there are priests that are standouts in the field of danger.

Gregorio Lopez, better known as 'Padre Goyo' Michoacán 

Padre Goyo, is arguably the most outspoken priest in Mexico today.  Of the 7 Apatzingán Michoacán priests whose life have been threaten in 2014, he tops the list of most reviled by organized crime, and corrupt government, both municipal, state and federal.

A champion of the autodefensa movement, he was directly involved with the group. The bullet proof vest wearing priest is a close friend and ally to the imprisoned autodefensa leader and social activist, Dr Manuel Mireles.

In 2014, Goyo’s brother, “Luis Jerónimo”, was kidnapped by the Caballeros Templarios, with a message for his priest brother….. CT kidnappers sent a warning to Goyo, to back off his involvement in the AD movement, and foremost, no further complaints about their activity and conflicts to the press and on the pulpit. For his part, if anything Goyo stepped up his game, on speech tours of the US and contacting U.S. government officials about the run-away violence and corruption.

Recently, Padre Goyo appeared before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and met with New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez,  on the last leg of his US tour,
“We in Mexico, are terrorized and are governed by organized crime,” he charged.
Luis Jerónimo, 39, was released after a few days of captivity and then decided to leave Mexico and appeared before the immigration authorities at the border crossing of San Ysidro, California to seek asylum . 

However, instead, the immigrant was sent to a detention center , where he  remained for nearly a year without being granted bail and exposed to immediate deportation. 

"It is inhuman what they did with this immigrant is a clear example of what happens when it is not well known law that confers asylum. He was a perfect candidate for his release in a few weeks and with a minimum bond "said Alex Galvez, immigration attorney who secured the release of Jerome.

Bishop Raul Vera López -Coahuila

Vera López is an avowed advocate for human rights and social justice. He is another priest who sets aside his personal safety in favor of expressing his views against abuse of power, corruption, absence of the rule of law and violations of human rights. He is an advocate for the marginalized people of Mexico, bucking the Vatican, he publicly welcomed gays into the parish.   

He opposes the fact that, although Mexico is not really a poor country, more than half of its 110 million people live below the poverty line.  He stresses they also increasingly live in fear. Waves of murders and violence have followed in the wake of criminal cartels’ brutal warfare to control the cartel drug trade.   

He has traveled to D.C. to speak about cartel violence, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and corruption of Mexico. He has also demanded investigations into the thousands of migrants who have gone missing while passing through the state of Coahuila and clamored for a DNA database to identify bodies.

He and Padre Goyo traveled to D.C. to the Human Rights Commission to report of the Iguala abuses and murders, a year before the now famous attacks in September on students by police.

He operates one of the largest migrant shelters in Mexico.  It is located in his home base of Saltillo, the capital of Coahuila.  Borderland Beat administrator Chivis Martinez has assisted the shelter since the murder of 72 migrants of Tamaulipas.  She reports the shelter is exceptional, temporarily housing over 100 migrants.

While padre Goyo toured the U.S. his friend Bishop Vera traveled to Berlin. In Berlin, outspoken bishop of Saltillo, presented a petition of 7,500 names to the German interior minister, asking for the suspension of negotiations over a security accord between Germany and Mexico. 

The accord would facilitate collaboration in the fight against organized crime.  The bishop says that any additional force given to Mexican police would be used against citizens. 
“It won’t be used against organized crime because organized crime and the government are very good friends. They have an understanding between them.  Ayotzinapa demonstrated that.”
The heavily awarded priest was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012.

Padre Alejandro Solalinde Guerra

In 2007 Solalinde founded the shelter “Hermanos en el Camino” in Ciudad Ixtepec, Oaxaca, whose mission  is to provide a safe shelter for migrants and to offer them food, medical and and legal aid.

Since then he has been a target of both corrupt local government and cartels.

Padre Solalinde has been arrested and imprisoned for his work with migrants.  Cartels send death threats to him on a regular basis, ordering him to cease speaking about migrant abuses and sheltering migrants.  Solalinde says there are over 100,000 migrants that have disappeared since the beginning of the Mexican drug war.

“Ma'am, tell the governor  that it shall only be over my dead body…”

The priest recalls the harassment during the government of PRI governor, Ulises Ruiz, and how he resisted the persecution: 
"Ulises Ruiz was behind a mega business using migrants. Two municipal presidents in Ixtepec wanted to make a business with the arrival of the immigrants through kidnappings, extortion, etc. 

But I was in their way.  I was and am a hindrance for the PRI. I have not allowed it, nor am I going to allow it, even at the cost of them doing a number of things to me, they even were going to kill me.
"I confronted Ulises Ruiz, not personally, because I don't have the displeasure of knowing him, but in Washington he sent a spokesperson and there in the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights on March 20th, 2010. I said to the rapporteur, 'The governor Ulises Ruiz, the only thing he asks for is the closing of the shelter or, failing that, he asks that it is placed on the other side of the bridge."
At the moment Solalinde intervened and asked some key questions: 
"Why are they want to get rid of it? Perhaps it is a problem for the businesses that the governor wants so he can exploit the migrants, to kidnap them and do all of that to them? Ma'am, tell the governor that it shall only be over my dead body. I explained to Rodrigo Escobar, the rapporteur, about the ruthless zone of exploitation and slavery and human trafficking they want to set up. That's why the situation is getting worse. Now Ixtepec has changed parties. It is with the PRD, it no longer attacks us and it has had goodwill while approaching us."
In May of 2012 Padre Solalinde left Mexico in exile for two months, this after a near kidnapping and an undisclosed specific threat.

He is also a supporter of Dr. Mireles and is a co-member of “Yo soy autodefensa”.
       Padre Solalinde visits abandoned migrants deported from the U.S. but far from Central American homes.  
The U.S. mostly deports central Americans just over the south border and orders them to walk into Mexico, Tijuana is filled with displaced 
migrants.  With no resources, constant threats, they are sitting ducks, men and women lost in limbo.

Tamaulipas and Veracruz 5-6 priests kidnapped/killed in 2 months

In the last months of 2013, at least 5 priests were taken and all presumed dead in southern Tamaulipas.
Carlos Ornelas Puga, (left) was kidnapped on November 3rd.  He was taken at gunpoint, from a parish in the municipality of Jiménez, although he belonged to the diocese of Ciudad Victoria.  The Catholic Church did not confirm this for over a week.  

On November 29, 2013 priests Hipólito Villalobos Lima and Nicolas de la Cruz Martinez were executed in the parish of San Cristóbal de Ixhuatlán de Madero, Veracruz.

In December two additional priests vanished in Tamaulipas, "In recent days two other priests disappeared from Ciudad Victoria," said the church source who asked to remain anonymous.

The murdered victim was identified as Guillermo Amaro Caésar, who died from a beating by suspected members of organized crime using bats.  However, state authorities downplayed version, says the priest was victim of an ‘assault”.  

Also in December 2013 another priest beating, who belongs to the parish of the Good Shepherd was also reported. It is presumed that he refused to officiate a Mass requested by organized crime to be held in the church and dedicated to Santa Muerte.

The authorities of the Catholic Church and the state government are dilatory or have not given information regarding the attacks against priests.

Also in 2013.

February: Bishop José Flores Preciado,  in the Temple of Christ del Rey, in the city of Colima, Colima.  The 83 year old was beaten to death.The day after the killing, Bishop Jose Luis Amezcua Melgoza revealed that 30 of the of the 123 priests of  Colima, had been the victims of attempted extortion, including himself.

July: Father Ignacio Cortés Álvarez, “Nachito” was the priest in charge of the parish, “María Auxiliadora” in Ensenada, Baja California.  The priest had suffered over 2 dozen stab wounds.  His killers found the priest in the rectory living room, where the murder took place.  Ensenada is one of the most violent cities in BC.

In 2014 Guerrero lost three priests 

September- José Ascensión Acuña Osorio
November-John Ssenyondo
December- Gregorio López Gorostieta

The not so solid numbers in the cartel war against Mexican Catholic priests

Numbers are all over the place.  To achieve the greatest accuracy in numbers requires researching
regional newspapers and media. Often it is only there that a story will appear.   Then there is the issue of kidnapped priests whose body are never found, of never making the killed list.  

In effect, if the skull of padre John Ssenyondo had not been found in October, he would still be on the missing list.  The fact that the Church has been reluctant to confirm or report kidnappings of priests only  compounds the problem, and gives greater protection to cartels.

For the record, this is more or less the ‘Official’ accounting for the Calderon and EPN administrations.  On face value it is horrific enough, but nowhere near depicting the factual numbers or the  complete story of,  the cartel war against Mexican Catholic priests. 

During the Felipe Calderon administration:

12 priests murdered
162 recorded threats against priests in one year
1000 extortion crimes against priests
During the Enrique Peña Nieto administration there have been 10 priests murdered
Noticeably missing are numbers of missing or disappeared priests.

States with the greatest number of crime against priests

Most of these states are in southern Mexico, where the most marginalized peoples live.  The impoverished, indigenous, darker skinned Mexicans who are prejudiced against, including the government who traditionally suppresses people of the south, and denies southern inhabitants basic resources afforded citizens in other regions.

Federal District (DF/Mexico City)


  1. "A mass grave was discovered in the outskirts of Chilapa, Chilapa is about 30 miles east of Chilpancingo, the state capital and largest city."

    Chilpancingo is the state capitol of Guerrero. Acapulco is the largest city.

    1. Thank you for the correction. Only ignorant folks who are used to accepting misquotes, errors etc. make statements such as “who cares" (including some of the writers on this blog).

    2. 2:58 Thank god you are not one of the writers of this blog, where would we be with one more two flusher?

    3. Good one. 7:51

  2. ummm, it says Chilpancingo is the capital, so its the second largest city, who cares.


  3. I do not know what to say, "only Padre get your Guns" Because Police (Cartel) is not going to help the Mx People. Get Guns and kil the devils

    1. Yep. they definately gotta get their pistolas, and fight back the sons of witches trying to kill them all, at this rate of killings, they are not going to have any padres left by the year 20. Damn.. facking animals. ....Lol

    2. Cartels know that a majority of these so called holy men are agents for the u.s.

  4. The Pope's recent comment about the Mexicanization of Argentina drew ire from Mexican politicos but it had merit. These murders like all crimes in Mexico should draw ire from the same politicians yet they don't. Horribly sad.

    1. Took the words right out of my mouth @8;40 and your right,the politicians aren't even pretending to care.At least you would think they would try to pretend to cover their tracks by lip service if nothing else.Very interesting that 1 of the priests said PRI is involved in extortion and kidnapping of migrants as a source of income.Dont they already steal enough from the kitty?Priest also said when PRD came in they were supported[the migrant shelters].No wonder the authorities aren't cracking down on crime.Theres just no incentive there for them.This makes me sick to my stomach and theyre exploiting people who have nothing.

    2. Pope is right. hey the Politicians don't care r getting rich than move their families to the US. And they go to Mass here, The Church is the only one can start the revolution the people will listen to the church. "Viva Padre Goyo"

    3. It is interesting that everyone knows all the details of how every politician is stealing and they do it in plain view and hide nothing. They do not care if people know because nothing can be done about it and the people know that. They fear for their lives if they try to fight the corruption.

    4. The politicians know the people won't do anything about it. Oh, the citizens may make a few noises for a few days, and then they return to their homes and do nothing else. The few honest and outspoken members usually get no backup and are mostly on their own.

      Apathy and complacency as well as criminality is rampant among many of the citizens. Which is why Mexico is in the state it is in.

  5. Mexico is a good place run by corrupt leaders.... government is needed.

  6. The headline reads like PAN administration allows more clergymen to be murdered than during PRI sexenios. WTF?

  7. This is shocking! Where is the world press on this story? and the Catholic church?

    1. The Catholic Church is the only hope for Mexico. God says it is time to fight evil.

    2. I Believe it is time to return to Mexico and take the country

    3. 8:59 Try that and you're in for a shock. Besides the federal, judicial & congressional corruption, many of the average citizens have turned to crime too.

    4. I'm irish and spainard have family in mexico fighting is in there blood. So it will not be easy.

  8. What they did to His servants is nothing in comparison to His punishment. When their day comes, as it does for all of us, they will beg for beheading and bullets just to make the punishment stop.

  9. As Chivis has said many times, "The parish priests in Mexico have the biggest balls in Mexico."

    1. Guys in dresses holding statutes and necklaces against guys with guns, vests, grenades. Lol . dream on

  10. Que verguenza me da que mexico esta como esta ora otros paises nos ban acordar por matones y corruptos no no que vergüenza

  11. Anyone know if its true that they caught el cholo ivan

  12. Has anyone attempted to follow the process of a sicario through the legal and punitive process? No. Bribed juez are letting them go with the stupidest of amparos. Mexico's government is indeed like the Bolivian government stated...


  13. Always remember that PRI is anti-Catholic to the core, from the moment of its creation and to this day.

    They tend to support Evangelical (gringo) churches in Mexico to weaken the power of the Catholic Church.

    Fausto Vallejo was always hanging out at Vida Abundante, an Evangelical church in Morelia with an American preacher. He was also always inviting all those Televisa recovering drug addict actors/singers to perform in the city.

    1. Haven't u figured out there all working for the same team

  14. Great reporting job, Lucio. This should be reprinted in full by the New York Times and the Washington Post. But I know it won't be.

    1. I agree. Lucio took weeks to research the facts, it is difficult because much of it had to be accessed though regional papers. We were lucky because we had a source through the casa migrante shelters that steered him in the right direction.

      NYT and others could do the same, the information is there.

  15. I find this kind of ironic considering the means in wich Christianity established itself back in the day. Today they preach peace yet their whole legitimacy is founded upon violence. It's very convinient to forget and oretend that it doesn't exist.

    -Mike Haggar

    1. Wrong, Mike.

      Do some research on Padres Motolinía, Bernardino de Sahagún, Vasco de Quiroga and Bartolomé de las Casas.

      All were 16th Century Catholic priests who denounced the atrocities committed by the conquistadores and protected the native population against abuse.

      Sahagún and Motolinía were scholars who studied the native culture, religion and languages.

      de las Casas and Vasco de Quiroga were influenced by Sir Thomas More's "Utopia" and put those ideas into practice in Michoacán and Chiapas.

    2. Yeah conquering with a bible in hand

    3. If you study religions of the world you will find each one at one time or another has participated in criminality and or moral decay. ALL have fallen at times from GOD’S Words. Fortunately for the world most times the criminal mindset does not stay that way.

      The same is true for individuals too.

    4. So your saying that its OK Cuz they did It for there god ? Thats some backwards thinking. Criminals are criminals no matter who does the crime. " my gods the true god " bang bang sounds evil to me.

  16. Nothing about Mexico surprises me anymore. What does surprise me is the refusal of the Vatican to put more pressure on the Mexico government to do more to protect the catholic clergy in Mexico.

    1. TO many rich Mexicans send him money

  17. I hope Pope Francis, who seems to know how f*cked up Mexico is, will push for canonization and sainthood for these murdered Mexican Catholic priests.

    1. Papa send us guns

    2. Osorios Wong says everything is fine

    3. There has to be proof of miracles for the Pope to begin the process of canonization. Many times it happens quite a while after they've died. Pope Francis will be making a visit to North America in September and I can only pray that he stays safe since he has a reputation of wanting to walk among the people and with security at a bit of a distance.

  18. 5:01 the past of the church is in the past, the pri is the present and clearly evil load Mexicans carry out on their back, corrupt politicians and grupo atracomulco pickpockets sponsored by absolutely corrupt US government...

    1. Mexico's past has now carried forth into the present, and will go forward into the future.

  19. The thing here is. where is the vatican state in all this killings?? are they doing anything about it? after all is their priest that are getting slaughthered by ruthless two legged rats.

  20. @12:41 the vatican is coldly calculating how much it is going to take to forgive and forget, after the customary kiss and make out...
    --the vatican has weathered other more personal crisis with the legionaros de cristo, the mexican arabs that made themselves millionaires with pederasta tourism, orphanatories dedicated to trafficking minors, and the abuses in ireland and the US by catholic priests, the real and the invented, full of no mercy!!!
    --i tend to believe the catholic church always manages to plant a martyr here and a martyr there to cash out later...

    1. Lol ..... according to you what is the best religion this world has??... or what religion are you on at this moment (if any)

    2. There is no best religion. Its all organised non profits for profit all listed under u.n.. All ran and owned by the same people. The world is a stage.

    3. There has to be at least one. One that guides and corrects persons rightfully. Ulinke some with their mumble jumble confusing everybody. You sound like one of them, to the point where you hate them all?? because of their idiotic beliefs, that some times makes no sense.... but there has to be one (at least!) that is for sure.

    4. The Vatican armed the theology of liberation priests with wisdom beyond their capabilities, then collected when they got raped and murdered...
      --Now capitalist jesus rides at the vanguard of the global quest for privatization of others property by any means necessary...
      --My jesus did not sell out... ain't that a bitch?
      --my jesus amazed the wisemen, at the temple, as a youngster...
      --What amazes the Philistines or the pharisees now? Bill Gates or Carlos slim helu's billions of dollars? or the rothschild's?

    5. My people die Cuz there lack of knowledge. Guess what happens to the people that don't seek knowledge, love, and wisdom ? They die. So a massive amount of the world population will go bye bye Cuz they were foolish enough to believe men that claimed they were the only ones with the right knowledge. Sad . why does the pope were a dress with a fish hat ? Hhhmmm ? inquisition ? Hmmmm

    6. All of you anti religious bigots should shut the hell up! If you know any history at all you would know that thousands of years ago the world (humans), craved an answer to creation and the reasons we existed. Many a country and or race of people created mythical "gods" and build statues (some of animals even), for them as well as made up stories to try and fill this need. A real God appeared and a real religion Judaism followed by Christianity (Catholicism), then followed and we were answered every wish we ever craved since the start of our consciousness. Having said this if anyone would bother to do their homework again, they would know that in the Catholic church only three percent of priests have ever been accused of raping children and or committing any other crime, which is the equivalent to the stat of the world population having done the same thing in general. Anyways if it wasn't for God and his teachings through men like the prophets or priests of today, we would not have had our questions answered and would still be filled with a world of uncivilized savages that would make it next to impossible to have all the wonderful advances in human healt and well being that we would have today!

    7. Blah, blah, blah hate much

    8. The ones that hate the most come from so called religious people like u.

    9. If u did more homework . u would find out your wrong and Jesus wasn't the start of religion. Righteous people lived before the concept of religion was even around. The concepts of Judaism were stolen from other peoples cultures and ancient knowledge.

    10. Blah blah religious bigot.

    11. 6:40 Don't argue with this fool. He/she knows of GOD but rejects HIM. But on their deathbed will be the first to call on GOD for saving their rancid soul.

      The ones with an open mind and heart understands you...peace to you...

    12. Lol. What makes u so sure your calling on the right (god). U sure its not yaldaboath. Lol.U still suffering ? And waiting for superman to save u ? Wait, there's been a huge line for the past thousands of years. No ones coming to save anyone. When the angels come there coming to destroy and whoever did not help themselves and stopped being a beast. Then bye, bye.

    13. Truth is the highest religion .

  21. The state of marginalization in which the indigenous peoples of Mexico exist in is what facilitates the repression that the criminal organizations carry -out, and for that matter corrupt politicians,against those
    marginalized groups. Organized crime/corrupt politicians exploit this marginalization for economic and politico reasons. What good does it do for Mexico to embrace its indigenous heritage, la nación Azteca, if it maintains the pueblos indígenas in a state of marginalization. Might as well become like those nation-states up north, whose corporations benefit from the state of marginalization of the majority Mexico's citizens, who don't embrace their nations' indigenous heritages, yet their states/provinces have Algonquin and Azteca written all over them. ¡Ánimo Raza! ¡ No se den por vencidos para terminar con los atropellos!

    1. Canadian, American, mexican mining companies, oil, foreign wind farms, gold mining, pederasta tourism, are driving the new conquest of mexico, with USAID in the form of kickbacks and weapons...

    2. ALWAYS blaming others, but NEVER taking responsiblity for your personal behaviors...

      Mexico should fall...Let the people see what THEIR actions have done to their own country. Even as the country falls, I can still hear them crying; "Oh they made me do it, not my fault."

    3. Be prepared for u.s and mexico to fall.

  22. For all of you anonymous commentators who criticize the Church after reading this article - one can only assume you are all idiots. What do you do to make the world a better place? Who do you help? Where do you devote your time? You're nothing but a bunch of keyboard warriors.

    1. Calling out anonymous people when u are anonymous , you are a fool. Why you so emotional ? U going to hurt people that don't believe what your exclusive group believes ?

    2. Mr. Anti-anonymous anonymous one can assume your foolishness.

  23. Reactivate militant Crusaders as special op crews to decimate cartels in Latin America and jihadists all over the world.

  24. There are many Catholic Priests accused of being child molesters who fled the U.S. To go to Mexico. Fr. Ochoa from Santa Rosa for instance. There are reports of those priests raping children in Mexico at their parishes. It could be that some of those priests were abducted or killed because they violated and molested children.


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