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Mexican bishop warns priest against accepting 'dirty money' from crime figures

April 14, 2016

A Mexican bishop has cautioned his priests against accepting tainted money in donations.

"Money must never be laundered, because the more you wash it, the more you dirty your conscience," Bishp José Raul Vera Lopez of Saltillo said, in reference to a collection taken up for the needs of elderly priests. He said that parish priests should be alert enough to know what their people can reasonably afford to give in donations, and therefore to be suspicious of gifts that are beyond what could rightly be expected. 

In light of the prevalence of organized crime and drug trafficking, the bishop said that the Church should not accept "dirty money," and should decline gifts that cannot be explained. 

 
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