Light and darkness over Mexico

Two weeks ago, we learned about a robustly worded letter written by Mexican Cardinal Norberto Carrera denouncing a disgraced Development and Peace partner called the Centre PRODH. Just as a refresher, let’s recall what the Cardinal wrote about the partner:

The organization “does NOT represent the sentiments of the Church and has been characterized by its support and encouragement of groups and activities that are an affront to Christian values.” “With respect to the theme of defence of life, the organization has supported pro-abortion groups and promoted the purported woman’s right over her body, against unborn life.” (Source)

I commend the Cardinal for not mincing words. We need much more of this.

However, this certainly begs an important question: if the Centre PRODH was so blatantly deviant from Christian values and the sentiments of the Church, why was its leader, a priest named Fr. Luis Arriaga, not disciplined earlier by his bishop?

Why was this priest allowed to galavant around the country, rubbing elbows with pro-abortion advocates and opposing pro-life policies? Clearly, somebody had been asleep at the switch down in Mexico for years.

And now that the truth is out and the Cardinal has spoken, what disciplinary actions will be taken against this priest?

My friends, I don’t want to sound like a grumpy jerk, but the Mexican episcopacy has to take part of the blame for what has happened here. Despite all its faults, D&P did not create the Centre PRODH or any of the other screwy partners it works with. They were already there, operating under the nose of the local bishops.

Even though the Centre has been taken off the D&P payroll, much work remains to be done because the Centre apparently has plenty of other funding sources and will continue to operate under the helm of another Jesuit priest. So what are the Mexican bishops going to do about it?

Please pray for the Church in Mexico. And pray for Fr. Arriaga.

3 thoughts on “Light and darkness over Mexico

  1. A couple things to keep in mind:
    I read somewhere that PRODH wasn’t a catholic organization. It wasn’t recognized by the local bishop as catholic.
    Fr. Arriaga is a Jesuit, so does that mean that he reports to his order instead of the local bishop? Can the local bishop actually do anything to prevent a Jesuit priest from working at a non-catholic organization that espouses non-Catholic values?

  2. Every priest, whether diocesan or religious, vows obedience to his bishop and successors. It’s part of the ordination rite.

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