A bishop in the Mexican state of Guerrero says wearing religious dress could prevent the murder of Catholic priests. Source: CNA.
Bishop Jesús González Hernández of Chilpancingo-Chilapa Diocese told local journalists that the use of Roman collars or cassocks could prevent priests from being victims of violence in the country.
A recent report by the Catholic Multimedia Centre shows that the violence in Mexico has left the tragic toll of one cardinal and 57 priests murdered between 1990 and 2022.
When asked if he was going to prohibit priests from visiting some areas of his diocese, the bishop replied: “No. But we do have to wear our (religious) clothing because they can confuse us with someone else.
"You have to be identified,” he said.
“I’m going to say that (the priests) should wear external identification. So, yes, I would have to oblige us to wear the Roman collar or a religious sign,” he added.
The bishop also said that the vehicles used by priests must be marked as such.
“If they attack us, they should attack us because we’re already wearing it (religious clothing), but they shouldn’t confuse us by mistake,” the bishop said.
When asked if he believes that people should take up arms in the face of the wave of violence, he said, “No, I don’t think so. Neither in Guerrero nor in Mexico.”
“In the Church we pray and pray so that it doesn’t incite more war, more violence, more deaths. No. That’s not the way to go. We pray that they won’t take up weapons,” he said.