Sunday, November 7, 2010

Mexico's drug lords and the Catholic Church

With land in your hand, you'll be happy on earth
Then invest in the Church for your heaven.
Genesis, 'Get 'Em Out By Friday', Foxtrot, 1972

This links to a good post from Aguachile that highlights the so-called narcolimosnas (narco donations) that Mexico's Catholic Church has supposedly been receiving bigtime from the drug lords and their families. Here's an excerpt:
"It has long been an open secret - or no secret at all - that the church has happily accepted massive donations from organized crime to fund its programs, maintain its buildings, or, in the extreme case of Hidalgo, erecting temples in their honor: There, it was recently revealed that Heriberto "El Lazca" Lazcano, head of the vicious Los Zetas mafia, had practically financed the building of the chapel El Tezontle, in Pachuca."