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The Mexico Church surrenders to drug trafficking


By Clovis Rossi *

Mexico is experiencing a situation that may also happen in Brazil: one of its main institutions, the Catholic Church, has just accepted drug trafficking as a necessary interlocutor to escape violence.

The weekly “Desde la Fe”, part of the communication system of the Archdiocese of Mexico, published an editorial Sunday supporting the initiative of the bishop of Chilpancingo-Chilapa, Monsignor Salvador Rangel Mendoza, to reveal “the rapprochement he maintained with Members Of crime to ensure what the authorities no longer guarantee: security. “

The facts reported in the editorial fully demonstrate the state of insecurity in which the country has been living for decades. One of the facts cited: in one state (Veracruz) and only from January to April last, there were 620 violent deaths. More: In the State of Guerrero, murders are reported every day without control.
How the church couldn’t fail to do, the weekly complained that “the clergy … are not saved from this horror, which was not even seen in the era of communism and religious persecution.”

It was this persecution, added to the “absence of authority that controlled the crime,” which provoked the bishop’s dialogue with crime. Or, as the editorial prefers, “actors with moral authority came out to show their faces to awaken at least some clauses of peace and security for certain sectors that in the past enjoyed respect.”

The Mexican church reports that the authorities were irritated by the dialogue opened by Monsignor Rangel Mendoza with criminality. But it goes to the attack to defend that attitude:

“The reality is that Mexico lives in poverty and misery, which are a fertile ground for crime and corruption. The intervention of the clergy to stop these conditions is a reaction to the vacuum of institutional power.

I have the impression that it is a description that also applies to Brazil, except for the “intervention of the clergy” that here was not, as far as we know.

But there is the impotence of the public power before the violence.

What to do? The response of a part of the Mexican church was to enthrone the drug traffickers as a political actor in negotiating with him to obtain security at least for the prelates – what is little and is selfish, from my point of view, besides putting the law and Law Order in the hands of those who violate both.

The fact that the war on trafficking is not working prevails, either in Mexico or in Brazil. But there is immense resistance to at least discussing alternatives, let alone trying to implement them.

Surrender ends up being the way for some.

* He’s a special reporter. Won the Maria Moors Cabot Award (USA) and the Foundation for a New Ibero-American Journalism. He writes on Thursdays and Sundays for Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper.