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Thu Dec 27, 2012, 12:44 AM

Mexico bishop inspires, infuriates with activism

By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN Associated PressAssociated Press
Posted: 12/25/2012 09:53:47 AM PST
December 25, 2012 5:55 PM GMT
Updated: 12/25/2012 09:53:47 AM PST

MONCLOVA, Mexico—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.

http://www.montereyherald.com/news/ci_22258234/mexico-bishop-inspires-infuriates-activism

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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:06 PM

1. Vera's a courageous man,

very much on the model of Fr. Miguel Hidalgo and Bishop Oscar Romero. Let's hope his story doesn't end in martyrdom like theirs.

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