New book on crimes being commited by organized crime against Catholic Priests
Crime against priests has risen in 30 years
Book reviews homicide, extortion and other crimes against Catholic priests
Mexico News Daily | Tuesday, January 16, 2018
In just three years there were more than 500 reports of Catholic priests falling victim to extortion, according to a new book that offers details about almost 30 years of crime against priests and associates of the church.
Tragedy and Crucible of Priesthood in Mexico (Tragedia y Crisol del Sacerdocio en México) gathered 27 years of criminal data and concluded that most crimes involved organized criminal gangs. And during that period, such crimes have been on the increase.
More than 80% of homicides against priests have gone unsolved or their investigations have been shut down by the authorities themselves, the book claims, charging that neither state nor federal justice officials have offered clear answers about the cases.
Since the beginning of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration in December 2012 there have been 19 priests assassinated, while during the first half of the administration 520 priests were targeted by extortionists.
The most dangerous places for priests have been Guerrero and Mexico City, where eight have been murdered in each in the 27-year period covered by the book.
There were six priests killed in Michoacán and the same number in Veracruz, followed by Chihuahua with five.
Guillermo Zanni Espinoza, a researcher and collaborator on the book, accused Mexican authorities of passing unfounded judgement in the cases of murdered priests by claiming that their deaths were caused by their own shady dealings, leading immoral lifestyles or getting involved in drunken brawls.
Publication ofthe book followed more than a decade of research by Omar Sotelo Aguilar, a Catholic priest and director of the Multimedia Catholic Center (CCM).
He described the asassination of nearly 20 priests as “an atrocity” but noted that many people other than priests have been victims as well.
Re: New book on crimes being commited by organized crime against Catholic Priests
pretty much but priests I think are so selfless vow of poverty they are usually killed because they did not cooperate. one was killed in Tamps because he did not baptize a narco's baby. it wasn't that he wouldn't but their are steps that must be adhered to prior to the baptism. wait i think i am wrong, it was the African priest in guerrero.
The way I see it.... the more people that don't like me, the less people I have to please