THEIST_WATCH Msg : 58 Written : 08/02/94 03:49pm From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : To :

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THEIST_WATCH Msg : 58 Written : 08/02/94 03:49pm From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : To : ALL Subj : Roman Catholic Mexico Roman Catholic Mexico It was not even two years ago that the president of Mexico (Carlos Salinas) restored diplomatic ties with the Vatican after over a century long break with it. The break had come about because of the meddling of the Roman Catholic Church in the politics of Mexico. In July, the situation was back to normal. That is: the Mexican government hated the church again. This time politicians are accusing the Church of having intervened in the nation's politics and of supporting the January peasant rebel uprising in the southern state of Chiapas. The matter has come to a head because a Roman Catholic bishop met secretly (the last week of July) with two drug lords from a Tijuana-based drug cartel. The politicians of the nation are asking the Vatican to "recall" the bishop or at least send a formal protest to the pope. The bishop is telling everyone that his conversations with the two drug lords (who are brothers) is privileged and he needs not tell anyone anything about it. The brothers are suspects in the killing of a Roman Catholic cardinal in May of this year in the airport in Guadalajara, Mexico. President Salinas offered a $2-million reward for their capture; and the brothers are saying that they met with the Bishop since they feel he can support their alibi that a Roman Catholic priest was giving a benediction to them at another location when the shooting occurred in Guadalajara. In any event, the bishop did *not* turn them in. The brothers are still hidden away and the bishop is defying the entire Mexican government. *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: * * PO Box 140195 FTP: * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: * * Info on American Atheists:, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************


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