It is good to have positive thoughts about new developments in China and Israeli/Palestinian Authority area but now let’s shift our thoughts to south of the Rio Grande. We all know about the terrible gangland slaughter going on all over Mexico but especially along the border. Two weeks ago over 70 bodies were stacked in one area, poor migrants who passed through a dangerous area on their way to the United States but refused to cave in to the drug lords. Seventy civilians killed in one place at one time and their bodies stacked in piles! Many thousands have died in this way over the last seven or eight years and no one seems to be coming forward with a solution.
The problem is worse than the countless lives being lost cruelly and unnecessarily. Formerly, Mexico’s main source of income was tourism. It is a land blessed with great beauty, both natural and man made. This tragic violence has cut deeply into tourism. Even if you are not in an area not suffering from crossfire from drug wars, you are suffering from a tragic drop in the economy. Regretfully, the Church has been forced to the edge of Mexican life for almost 100 years but now there is a desperate need for the Church to use what influence it may still have to foster peace, order and safety into this beautiful but tragic country. Can the Church find a voice? Will it use it?