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Tue Dec 25, 2012, 01:17 PM

Taking on powerful, controversial causes, Mexican bishop becomes high-profile social activist

Taking on powerful, controversial causes, Mexican bishop becomes high-profile social activist
CHRISTOPHER SHERMANAssociated Press
10:55 a.m. EST, December 25, 2012

MONCLOVA, Mexico (AP) The white-haired bishop stepped before some 7,000 faithful gathered in a baseball stadium in this violence-plagued northern border state. He led the gathering through the rituals of his Mass, reciting prayers echoed back by the massive crowd. And then his voice rose.

Politicians are tied to organized crime, Bishop Raul Vera bellowed while inaugurating the church's Year of Faith. Lawmakers' attempts to curb money laundering are intentionally weak. New labor reforms are a way to enslave Mexican workers.

How, Vera asked, can Mexicans follow leaders "who are the ones who have let organized crime grow, who have let criminals do what they do unpunished, because there's no justice in this country!"

In a nation where some clergy have been cowed into silence by drug cartels and official power, Vera is clearly unafraid to speak. That makes him an important voice of dissent in a country where the Roman Catholic Church often works hand-in-hand with the powerful, and where cynicism about politics is widespread and corrosive.

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http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/nationworld/sns-ap-lt-mexico-outspoken-bishop-20121225,0,2095898,full.story

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Judi Lynn Dec 2012 OP
Rozlee Dec 2012 #1

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Tue Dec 25, 2012, 01:26 PM

1. Of the same stripe as Archbishop Oscar Romero.

A man of the people and his faith, not of Rome and it's dogma.

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