Mexican bishop rips government failure to regulate exploitation of environment
January 29, 2016
Denouncing the Mexican government’s failure to curb the exploitation of the environment by entrepreneurs in southern Mexico, a Catholic bishop said that political leaders “act only when there are deaths and blood.”
Bishop Arturo Lona Reyes, the retired Bishop of Tehuantepec, joined in a demonstration by indigenous peoples of the Chimalapas region, who are protesting the destruction of their lands by loggers. The protesters have complained that government officials ignore their pleas for regulation of the businesses. The bishop strongly supported that complaint. “Mexico is a cemetery, and the government only goes to light a candle to the dead,” he said.
- "Mexico is a cemetery, and the government only goes to light a candle to the dead", says Mgr. Lona Reyes (Fides)