XALAPA, Mexico (ChurchMilitant.com) - Mexican churches have not been spared the vandalism and desecration that has stricken churches around the world, particularly as a domino effect of anarchic rioting, sparked by the murder of George Floyd in the United States, has spread throughout the world.
The city of Xalapa, about 300 kilometers west of Mexico City, was attacked by anarchists causing damage to public and private buildings in the center of the city recently.
Two churches were vandalized — The Cathedral of Xalapa in the Mexican state of Veracruz and the Expiatory Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, known as "El Beaterio."
The vandals painted the words "pedophiles," "oppressive state," "rapists" and "war against the state" on places of worship.
Anarcho-feminist groups, dedicated to the destruction of patriarchy, family and authority, are emerging throughout the world, not just in Mexico, as a major thread in the blanket of worldwide anarchy.
The Observatory for Religious Freedom and Conscience (OLRC), as reported on by Church Militant recently, in an annual report on attacks on freedom of worship in Spain identified the anarcho-feminists as key players in vandalism and desecration activities. One case the observatory pointed to was of two anarcho-feminists defacing a church with the phrase "The only church that illuminates is the one that burns," along with an anarcho-feminist symbol.
Feminists also attacked Catholic churches in Mexico in March to mark International Women's Day. During protests in Mexico City, holy places turned violent with petrol bombs and paint, according to Catholic Focus.
Feminists were also involved — although details are sketchy — in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hermosillo when people inside barricaded themselves in the church against the vandals.
He said the people who committed the destruction "are moved by cowardly leaders ... who do not show their face and who, based on the economic need of these people, motivate them to commit vandalism and promote social disorder."
Referring to the fact that most of the rioters were minors, the archbishop said: "I do not understand what the children were doing right there."
The archbishop has also spoken out about matters destroying the ecclesiastical and spiritual health of his community.
In 2019, he fielded accusations of being homophobic after he expressed his disapproval that the state of San Luis Potosí in central Mexico had legalized same-sex "marriage" on May 16.
He said: "The fact that a law has been passed by congress does not imply a priori that said law is good or morally right. Ever since the most ancient times, marriage has been understood as being between two different but complementary parties: a man and woman."
"Never before, until recent years, and we don't understand why, has this ancient institution been under judicial attack," he added.