PopeWatch: Mexicanization

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Time for another round of the popular game, “I’m Offended!!!”:


The Vatican said Wednesday that Pope Francis “absolutely did not intend to offend the Mexican people” when he appeared to express concern that drug trafficking was making his native Argentina resemble Mexico.

Over the weekend, the Pope wrote in an email to Argentine lawmaker and friend Gustavo Vera, “Hopefully we are in time to avoid Mexicanization,” referring to the country’s drug trade, the Associated Press reports. After Vera published the email on the website for his organization, the Alameda Foundation, Mexico formally complained that the Pope was unnecessarily “stigmatizing Mexico” despite the country’s efforts to battle drug cartels there.


Go here to read the rest.  We live in ludicrous times.  The useless Mexican governments seems mored concerned about the Pope’s remark than their corruption and ineptitude that has made Mexico a byword when it comes to powerful drug cartels:


The Mexican government formally complained about the remark during a meeting with the Holy See’s ambassador to Mexico and in a note of protest, saying the government was committed to battling drug cartels and that there was no benefit to “stigmatizing Mexico.”

In a statement Wednesday, the Vatican said the pope’s words were contained in a personal, informal email to Vera and that Francis had merely repeated a phrase that Vera had used.

The Pope has gotten in hot water many times for his informal communications, but this time he is getting a bum wrap, and was merely calling a spade a spade.

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  1. . Precisely. Those fighting the cartels are indeed brave but Mexico as a system has 60% cartel control of prisons according to a Mexican justice official. In the below link, after the ad, you will see two white shirted cartel members enter a prison, scare the guards thoroughly into desertion and the cartel members open a cell and machine gun inmates from an opposing cartel ( you’ll see the crime without seeing the deaths). In another case, gang members left a prison with guard guns and trucks, did a murder, and returned to prison.
    The catechism article ccc 2267 totally represents world prisons as capable of pristine efficiency ergo no death penalties needed. If you had pristine efficiency, you still have the problem of arrests rates for murder…which in Guatemala is 5%…ergo life sentences are not protecting in many arrested cultures from two angles….efficiency within prisons and arrest rates.


  2. Mercy, Peace and Justice!

    Pope Francis should pray that Argentina doesn’t become Venezuelanized. From today’s Wall Street Journal. “Caracas Mayor Maduro arrests the oposition as the economy worsens.”

  3. Shawn Marshall has a point, however, I would suggest a deeper cause: Plutarco Elias Calles in the early 20th century when the Church was brutally repressed and persecuted. The Mexicans are reaping what they sowed with Calles election, and in a way, because we did little to help the situation, so are we reaping.

  4. “The problem of drugs in Mexico is sex, drugs and rock& roll degenerates in the USA.”

    Actually, three out of four of my grandparents came here from Mexico in the early 19th Century. The problem then wasn’t sex, drugs and rock and roll here. It was the Mexico then as it is now.

  5. Shawn’s point well taken by some. The damage of Rock n’ Roll culture and the venom contained within most of its music is sadly enshrined in the hearts of many a Christian. I vividly remember being at a Catholic University Dance and watching the crowd boisterously join in with Billy Joel to “Only the Good Die Young”. And that’s light fare.

  6. I do not pretend to be a serious student of Mexican history but she appears a failed state, unrecovered from her disastrous more or less Marxist revolution of a century ago. We seem to be (under “the dictator”) heading in a similar direction. At least the Mexican upheaval made for neat movies. Pancho Villa, Emiliani Zapata, and others dashed about the country, shooting the place up and breaking things. We undergo a low-grade revolution conducted by those who are progressive sissies, afraid of guns, shy of horses, and Bolsheviks without bullets. They, like an unarmed Fifth Column insinuate themselves within governing bodies, the educational establishment, and the Press to fundamentally transform our country into a Mexico with snow. All the action goes on behind the scenes and covered by the false narrative. It would make a lousy movie.

  7. but she appears a failed state, unrecovered from her disastrous more or less Marxist revolution of a century ago. We seem to be (under “the dictator”) heading in a similar direction.

    The Congo is a failed state. Mexico merely has high crime rates and generally ineffectual police and court systems (as well as a great deal of corruption and rent-seeking). It’s level of affluence is mid-range in this world. In other words, a standard-issue Latin American country. The Mexican revolution was not Marxist; it had bourgeois, agrarian-populist, and anti-clerical strands. In the political sphere, it replaced personal despotism with an impregnable party machine.

  8. Art Deco: Thank you for the correction. My knowledge of the Mexican Revolution is sparse and perhaps interpreted by its chronological closeness to the Russian Revolution and the shooting of priests in Mexico. My present preoccupation is with the so-far bloodless yet sinister revolution going on here.

  9. “The Pope has gotten in hot water many times for his informal communications, but this time he is getting a bum wrap, and was merely calling a spade a spade.”


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