Carolina Gomez Mena
Newspaper La Jornada
Thursday, July 21, 2022, p. 5
One month from
painful murder of our brothers Javier Campos and Joaquín Mora, and of two laymen in Cerocahui, Chihuahua, the Society of Jesus in Mexico continues to demand justice and urged again that
open spaces for dialogue to review the current security policy.
The religious order indicated that it is
convinced that if impunity prevails it will not be possible to move towards reconciliation and peace in the country.
In addition, the Conference of the Mexican Episcopate (CEM), in the context of the Day of Prayer for Peace, which it convened with the Jesuits and the Conference of Major Religious Superiors of Mexico, called on the groups of disappeared persons to join said action.
Through a letter, Rogelio Cabrera, president of the CEM, and Ramón Castro, general secretary of the ecclesial organization, invited these groups to
pray this July 24 for their disappeared relatives, ask for truth and justice, and comfort each other for our brothers and sisters killed or disappeared.
They remarked that
We recognize ourselves as part of those Mexican families that mourn their dead.
The Jesuits remarked that in this month
We have told the authorities of the different levels of government that it is a priority to guarantee the rights of the Rarámuri community. The attention that this unfortunate event that shook the country has generated in the region cannot be circumstantial: the structural causes of violence in the Sierra Tarahumara, which have prevailed for decades, must be reversed.
the absence of a state in the region, it is essential that the federal forces continue to be temporarily present, with the appropriate protocols for interacting with indigenous cultures and ensuring unrestricted respect for human rights, until conditions of peace are rebuilt in the communities of the Tarahumara.
He added that
The untimely murder of our Jesuit brothers reminds us of the experience of so many victims of violence who continue to wait for justice and truth in our suffering Mexico.
The congregation expressed its support “to the families of disappeared persons, to the victims of femicide, to the migrants who did not return home, to the journalists who lost their lives doing their work, to the persons displaced by violence, to so many so many who also wait for a justice that does not come.
For women, for our childhoods, for our youth, for all the people of Mexico, today more than ever it is essential to walk together with dialogue, with responsibility, with proposals and with hope, privileging preferential attention to the poorest..