Another priest is murdered in Mexico
In 2016 Mexico was the most dangerous country in the world for priests. The nation earned the sad distinction for the ninth time in a row.
By Guadalupe Esquivas & Maria Lozano
ON July 6,
2017 Father Luis López Villa, the parish priest of San Isidro Labrador was
found murdered in the city of Los Reyes La Paz in Mexico State. His body was
found inside the rectory; his throat had been slit and his hands were tied. Father
Lopez Villa was 73.
bishops’ conference of Mexico has joined the Diocese of Nezahualcóyotl in
expressing solidarity with the family and parish community of Father Lopez
Villa. It also voiced its concern about the current wave of violence that
continues to be directed against priests and religious. The country’s bishops urged
Mexican authorities to investigate the crimes.
of Luis López Villa from the diocese of Nezahualcóyotl is just one in a long
line of priests in the country who have been murdered. According to the latest report
by the Office of Special Investigations of the Catholic Multimedia Centre (CCM)
on priests and religious murdered in Mexico on 6 July, already three murders
have been recorded in 2017.
to CCM, in 2016 Mexico was the most dangerous country in the world for priests.
The nation earned the sad distinction for the ninth time in a row.
report has documented 66 assaults against members of the Catholic Church for
the period from 1990 to 2017—60 of the incidents were described as heinous crimes.
Two priests are still listed as missing. There were also two cases of thwarted
abduction attempts. Among the assault victims were one cardinal, 44 priests, a
deacon, four religious, nine laypersons and a Catholic journalist.
have been murdered since the current government of President Peña Nieto came to
power. This surpasses the 17 cases that were recorded during the six years of
the presidency of Felipe Calderón.
Our Lady of Guadalupe; ACN photo