Priests censored for Protesting
October 10th, CNI
Municipal authorities of Muzquiz in the State of Coahula (Mexico) announced that they will request sanctions for two Catholic priests who participated in a protest that took place in front of the Municipal House.
The protest was organized by Catholic people of El Nacimiento and two other villages, opposing a court decission which favoured Baptists after a two-year conflict with Catholics over the posesion of a bus.
In 2003, a Baptist group from Bracketville (TX) in the United States, donated a mini-bus so that Baptists from El Nacimiento could attend regular services of their religion in Muzquiz. Until that year, Baptists had been forced to meet in private rooms by Catholics, who claim that according to the law, only one temple per-village can be allowed.
The mini-bus appeared to be a solution until recently, when Catholics complained that Non-Baptist users who take the service as a way to reach the town, have been invited to attend the services and convert to Protestantism.
"The bus belongs to the people of El Nacimiento. It was donated to the whole community, nowhere it said that only the Baptists could have it and they could use it for their own purposes. Our people want it as a public transport to help other villages too. They are great people" said Fr. Julio Hurtado, who denied that their cause was politicaly motivated.
The people of El Nacimiento are descendants of Afro-American slaves who escaped from the U.S. before the Civil War and were hired as soldiers by the Mexican government. Since that time, they practice a conservative form of Roman Catholicism which is hostile to other religions.
CNI, 10 de Octubre