Wednesday, April 22, 2009

This is one Brave Padre: Spilling the Beans on Guzman's "Hide Out"

Juaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the famed drug lord of Sinaloa has been outed by Padre Hector Gonzalez Martinez

A Roman Catholic bishop's revelation that "everybody knows" that Mexico's most-wanted drug lord lives in a remote mountain town in northern Mexico has taken officials there by surprise.

"Everybody knew" about the wedding that Guzman attended too. So the question has to be asked, are the clergy in Mexico ready to do battle with the cartels?

For a little background, Guzman escaped federal custody in Mexico when Vicente Fox was president.

The same president Fox who Juan Hernadez worked for and the same Juan Hernandez that worked for McCain and suggested McCain take a trip to Mexico to visit the Shrine of the Virgen de Guadalupa.

That is why I have little respect for McCain other than he choosing Palin, but I am a realist there, because McCain did it out of his own interest.

But as for the story of the padre, it is very interesting because if there will be change, the clergy in Mexico will have to rise to the challenge of instilling faith in their flock that Mexico is better than what some areas of the country have become.

The Catholic culture in Mexico has been mocked by the cartels in that the cartels publicly show the virgin while idolizing the "Saint of Death" which the Church criticizes.

There was talk among people in Culiacan that the Beltrans were supported by elements of the Taliban and the government under Fox looked the other way when Guzman "escaped" from prison.

It seems that the battle between Guzman (who in effect had the ability to travel through Mexico even with a bounty on his head, while the heavy hand of the FOX government was coming down on the Beltran clan) and the Beltrans may come to an end with neither one having power.

Since the new president of Mexico has taken office, things may be changing. And it may take the Catholic Church in Mexico to bring an end to the madness that has taken hold in parts of Mexico.

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