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Mexican bishop, threatened with prosecution, vows to continue speaking out on public issues

August 17, 2016

A Mexican bishop who has been charged with interfering in political affairs has said that he would risk jail rather than be silent.

Bishop Ramon Castro Castro of Cuernavaca hosted a meeting of civil leaders who criticized Governor Graco Ramirez of the Morelos state, for failing curb a spiraling rate of violent crime. The governor lodged a formal protest, saying that the bishop's involvement violated Mexican law. The ruling Democratic Revolution Party has also criticized Bishop Castro for his public opposition to the legal recognition of same-sex marriage.

"If I go to prison, no problem," the bishop told a local newspaper. "From there I'll do the work of evangelization." He said that he is waiting to learn whether the governor's complaint will result in prosecution.  

 
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