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Religion in Mexico: Sex and the clergy



David Crow eats...in French, corbeau is a derogatory term referring to priests dressed in black cassocks. In Spanish cuervo has a negative connotation, but is it used to denigrate priests? Strange word, denigrate, meaning to blacken. It should be nigrate. Be that as it may, David says "Mea culpa" for sinning in his reference to the bishop of Oaxaca, Mexico: "Obviously, it was the bishop, and not the governor, of Oaxaca who advocated marriage for priests. I misidentified the bishop as Diodoro Carrasco, who, as Alejo Orvañanos rightly points out, is the ex-Governor of Oaxaca. (Memory evidently didn't serve in this case!) The cleric in question's name is Bartolomé Carrasco Briceño, who was Archbishop of Oaxaca until 1993, after which he retired and became Archbishop Emeritus. Bartolomé Carrasco, together with Bishop Arturo Lona of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, and the controversial Bishop Samuel García Ruiz of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, formed part of a trio of "Southern bishops" identified with Liberation Theology. It is not surprising, therefore, that Carrasco would espouse such a radical departure from Church tradition. Dubbed "Bishop of the Indians" by the press, Msgr. Carrasco died in 1999".

Ronald Hilton - 4/13/02


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