The Archdiocese Primada of Mexico regretted that less than a month after they are carried out the largest elections in the history of the country, the number of attacks related to the electoral process grows, “many of them perpetrated by organized crime or by the contestants themselves”, for which he called for the National unity.
“Although these types of extreme situations are very focused, they do constitute alarm signals – as the Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes-, so it is urgent to work together, all social actors, in the reconstruction of the social fabric ”.
In the editorial of the religious weekly Desde la Fe, the archdiocese chaired by Archbishop Carlos Aguiar Retes, pointed out that according to the Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection, from March 4 to April 30, 234 cases of threats or attacks on candidates have been reported, 12 of which were murdered. , while the Fourth Report of Political Violence in Mexico 2021, from the consulting firm Etellekt, from September 2020 to May 2021, there are 79 murdered politicians, 33 of which were in the campaign period.
“These figures place the current electoral process as the second most violent in history, only below the 2018 election, in which 152 politicians lost their lives, 48 of them aspirants and candidates,” the article remarked.
Against this background, the Catholic Church highlighted the forums “Elections under the gaze of faith”, organized by the archdiocese and backed by the Mexican episcopate, and which seek that citizens exercise their vote on June 6.
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“In the first forum, the participants: bishops, priests and lay specialists, exhibited an inescapable reality that must be accepted by all, if it is truly sought to rebuild the social fabric and change the prevailing violence in the country: Mexico is experiencing a serious social crisis ”.
The text made mention of what was stated by the priest Mario Ángel Flores, rector of the Pontifical University of Mexico, who presented three basic principles that must be worked on to achieve said reconstruction: family, education and institutions.
“In effect, the formation of solid, structured personalities, or else, of fragile and disoriented personalities, and therefore the future of Mexican society, depends on the harmony or fracture of families,” said the Catholic Church.
He added that a comprehensive and quality education is necessary that will give, beyond the family, the possibility of strengthening ethical values: respect, coexistence, responsibility and honesty. And finally, he argued that a developed society cannot be understood without institutions that provide basic guarantees such as security, employment, development, justice, freedom and democracy.
“The Mexican Episcopate has also called on the Catholic community to analyze political options and to cast an informed and responsible vote on June 6. Choosing those options that favor the reconstruction of the social fabric will allow us to take a step forward to find the peace that our beloved Mexico needs so much, which refuses to accept violence as a way of life ”.