The Catholic Church expressed its concern to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and the virtual presidential candidates about the violence experienced in the country, in addition to migration and the difficult economic situation.
In the Dialogues for Peace held by the Conference of the Mexican Episcopate (CEM), bishops and archbishops indicated that in the meeting they held with the president they expressed their feelings about what is happening in the country.
Although there was no dialogue, they said, they only delivered a document to the president about the results of the civil society meetings in Dialogues for La Paz.
At a press conference at the CEM headquarters, Monsignors Rogelio Cabrera, archbishop of Monterrey and president of the CEM; Roblero Kenny García, bishop of Ciudad Valles; Trinidad Zapata Ortiz, bishop of Papantla; Francisco Figueroa Cervantes, auxiliary bishop of Zamora, and Gustavo Rodríguez Vega, archbishop of Yucatán, indicated that they also held a meeting with Xóchitl Gálvez and Claudia Sheinbaum, lasting only 15 minutes each, to whom they also expressed their concern.
“We listen to them with great respect, it is a personal honor, two women who have a lot to share and we also have a lot to listen to,” she said.
The search for the reconstruction of the social fabric is the objective of the meetings with the authorities and politicians, said Monsignor Rogelio Cabrera, who at the same time explained that López Obrador was present during their plenary assembly, whom they listened to respectfully, but there was no interaction. no dialogue.
He also revealed that the meeting with the Executive had a very brief format, only one hour due to the tight agenda with many topics, he was only presented with the objectives of the assembly and the concerns that the bishops of Mexico have in everything that is happening in the country.
He explained that later the president spoke and reported on the economic and financial situation of the country, as well as how the violence is being faced.
After his intervention, one of the bishops of Tapachula expressed the theme of migration in Mexico, the difficulties, the pain, the complication, which goes from leaving the southern border to reaching, those who can, the northern border.
“The reality of Mexico is complex, difficult to measure, we can see the glass half full or we can see it half empty, but it is necessary to listen, and although we have always done so here in the episcopal conference since we began the synod process of the synodality in which we have been invited to listen to everyone, we have done it both in the local, state and federal governments, dialoguing with those who are in charge of them, which adds to this dynamic of listening and assimilating it so that we can transmit it to the faithful,” indicated the bishop.
He stressed that the president’s visit could be called “fraternal” with no other objective than to express to each other the thickest points of what we are seeing in our country and to tell him our concern about the situation experienced by the hurricanes, not only from Otis but also from Lilia, in Jalisco and also present the concern about the advance of the violence of crime and something that hurts us a lot is that of migration.
He indicated that regarding migration there are two movements, one towards Chile, Argentina and Brazil, and others to the north and everything that goes north passes through Mexico. This is a sign of the serious situation of poverty experienced by many peoples, especially in Central America, even though they are mixed Africans who cross through the Central American area towards the United States.
“Since 2018 it has been very serious to deal with because of the caravans and the church has more than 60 migrant houses, we cannot cope with the care, it seems that the church is the only one in charge of giving them humanitarian care, we are overwhelmed really.
“Substantive decisions are needed in which not only a President, but all the presidents of the region reach common agreements to promote the good development performance of each nation and the good treatment of migrants.”
Regarding the violence that the country is experiencing, he said it is a fact that despite the efforts that governments have been making, it is a problem that has not been able to stop and is a very sensitive issue for the entire society.
“Violence has been implemented by organized crime, it has created a school at all levels, it does need collaboration from all parties because the causes are multifactorial and have to have collaboration from everyone, norms, laws, politics are needed and a plan to have better results. We all have to collaborate so that peace comes, the policy of violence has failed before and organized crime has not been stopped.”
He expressed that common decisions have to be made on this issue, because it seems that none of the methodologies that have been addressed to try to establish peace have worked.
“Agreement is needed between all the rulers, because in that six-year period where it was decided to fight all criminals with sword and fire, it turns out that the drugs continued to arrive at their destination calmly every day, it was not enough and there was a lot of bloodshed. that was spilled, then it has not been resolved and if serious approaches are required, real good agreements from the authorities, but there is also something to do on the part of society and the church, even those involved in pending dialogues of the social fabric.”
He recalled that the President was given a document with the conclusions of these dialogues and the citizen agreements in favor of peace.