Sunday, August 14, 2011

Catholic Church Under Investigation for Accepting Large Sums of Blood Money in Mexico

HIDALGO, MEXICO - The drug war in Mexico has forced the Vatican (Catholic Church) to confront allegations it accepts donations from drug lords.

In the small Tezontle community within the city of Hidalgo, Mexico there is a new building with an enormous silver cross.

A plaque on the wall identifies the benefactor as Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano - a generous donor to the Catholic Church and top leader of the Zetas (one of Mexico’s most feared cartels). Witnesses say that for decades, priests have been accepting large sums of money to conduct weddings, baptisms, and other religious ceremonies for  drug lords.

Witnesses say the problem extends to the Catholic Church hierarchy when it comes to drug money donations, and as expected, a spokesperson for the Archdiocese in Mexico claims it "does not to accept dirty money even if it’s to pay for good deeds".

Numerous media channels of Mexico reported that a catholic priest married drug lord Chapo Guzman in a mountain hideaway.

There is also long history of connections between the Catholic church and crime families in other countries including the United States as well as Italy.

As the death toll from the drug war rises, the Catholic church faces pressure to expose the parishes that are accepting blood money.

The federal government of Mexico initiated its investigation of this corrupt financing for the Tezontle chapel back in October of last year.