During a press conference on Sunday, June 26th, 2022, Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega, Archbishop of Guadalajara, said he was disappointed by the climate of violence that Mexico is experiencing, inviting people not to normalize this type of situation, despite the fact that they are everyday.
He was addressing, the murder of 2 Jesuit priests in Chihuahua: Javier Campos and Joaquín Mora, within their own parish; then a few days later, the death of 13 people in El Salto after a confrontation; and, finally, the arrest of the Bishop of Zacatecas, Sigifredo Noriega Barceló, by members of organized crime.
In this regard, He also shared that the priests, being citizens, are sadly not exempt from this situation, being himself detained last week during a visit to the north of Jalisco: "I was detained by two checkpoints, which obviously belong to organized crime, and they demand to say where you come from, what you do, what you do. I mean, that's like the most normal, the most natural, but why? Regarding the causes of this wave of insecurity, the prelate mentioned that "this is due to the deterioration of values, respect for life, respect for institutions", so it is important to assume individual responsibility for the present situation. . “I believe that we should all be aware that, if we do not propose each one in his field, in his space, in his relationships, to be builders of peace, of understanding, of reconciliation, we will end up destroying each other”, In addition to clarifying that it is up to the authorities to fulfill their role as protectors of the integrity of citizens and their property. “We do not ask that someone be killed with bullets, we only ask that they apply the law,” explained the cardinal.