Mexican prelate welcomes arrival of army, says region has hit ‘rock bottom’
August 07, 2013
The leading prelate in Michoacán said that the west-central Mexican state has hit “rock bottom” and has welcomed the arrival of military forces that are attempting to combat drug cartels, according to a Fides report.
“We must involve everyone in order to rebuild society from below,” said Archbishop Alberto Suárez Inda of Morelia. “Although the situation is deplorable, we should not fold our arms, we cannot fall into the temptation of severe pessimism. Evil does not have the last word; we must always live in the founded hope that man, in spite of all that may sound bad, is not totally corrupt.”
The prelate said that “the social fabric has deteriorated, due to the shortcomings of public education and the fragmentation of society, poor governance in the administration of justice, and impunity.”
“This destroys the family and increases emigration from the area,” he added. “There are villages where there are only children and grandparents, but there are no parents.”
- Mgr. Suárez on the violence that affects Michoacán: "We are hitting rock bottom, it is time to react" (Fides)
- Photos: Self-defense against cartels in Mexico’s Michoacan state (Denver Post)