Can Meetings Between Priests and Criminals Help Reduce Violence in Mexico?

4/3/2017 InSight Crime

churchRecent meetings between a bishop and criminal groups in Mexico are seeking a solution to violence against religious leaders. However, it remains to be seen if the Catholic Church is willing to take a more active role in this mediation between civil society and criminals.

Salvador Rangel Mendoza, bishop of Chilpancingo-Chilapa in the Mexican state of Guerrero, told Radio Fórmula that he saw the need to to meet with some leaders of criminal groups that operate in the state in the wake of threats that some priests were receiving.

“When I saw that some priests had been threatened, one very seriously, I decided to go see these people and talk to them,” the bishop told Radio Fórmula. “It pays to engage in dialogue, see faces, hear their reasons for acting the way they do, because Guerrero is almost entirely in the hands of drug traffickers.”

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