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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.

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  • Posted by: unum - Jan. 30, 2016 11:50 AM ET USA

    Sounds like another bishop who is engaging in politics instead of leading the laity to take action on governmental corruption.