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Latin America sees a week of high Catholic drama


ROME – Sometimes the media focus on Pope Francis is so intense it’s easy to forget there’s plenty of Catholic drama elsewhere too, including his home region of Latin America.

In just the past week, we’ve seen a Mexican bishop who’s ready to go to jail to defend marriage as a union between a man and a woman, a Peruvian cardinal insisting most people in his country don’t actually want gay marriage, an update on a cloistered convent raided by police in Argentina, and appeals from the church in Venezuela for peaceful resolution of the country’s problems.

Here’s a roundup of the latest Catholic news from south of the border.


Bishop Pedro Pablo Elizondo of Cancun, Mexico, said recently that he’s “willing to go to prison to defend the family,” should it come to that.

“I think some charitable soul would go to visit me, especially in this year of mercy,” he said.

Elizondo was addressing a current national debate in Mexico regarding gay marriage, which President Enrique Pena Nieto is considering approving nationwide. (It’s currently available in Mexico City and a handful of states).

The bishop also warned that the government might accuse those who oppose equal marriage, as it’s being called, of “civil disobedience.”

Also on the table is introducing “gender education” in schools, something Pope Francis has repeatedly rejected, describing it as part of an “ideological colonization.”

Activist Roberto Guzmán, from the pro-LGTB collective Red Positiva, presented an allegation against Elizondo to the National Council to Prevent and Eradicate discrimination, charging him with discriminating against gays and lesbians.

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