Mexican political party files complaint against Guadalajara cardinal

By David Agren
Catholic News Service

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (CNS) — The Democratic Revolution Party filed an official complaint with Mexico’s Interior Ministry against Guadalajara Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez for allegedly involving himself in political matters.

The complaint against Cardinal Sandoval said he violated the Law of Religious Associations and Public Cults; it was delivered to the Interior Ministry by Democratic Revolution Party President Guadalupe Acosta Naranjo in mid-May.

The Mexican news service Notimex reported that Acosta said the complaint was based on the cardinal’s public statements that committed Catholics should not vote for political parties that support decriminalizing abortion and legalizing homosexual unions.

Mexico City, which recently decriminalized abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, is governed by the Democratic Revolution Party, known by its Spanish acronym as the PRD.

In a strongly worded editorial that ran under the title “The PRD Persecution of the Church” in early May in Semanario, a publication of the Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Cardinal Sandoval said the left-leaning party was carrying out “a belligerent campaign of hate, intolerance and slander … in a systemic manner against the faith and the leadership of our church.”

In a statement, the Archdiocese of Mexico City defended Cardinal Sandoval, emphasizing, “As always, but especially in these times of persecution, he has been with us.”

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