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Mexican bishops promise new pastoral approach, accompanying people

The Mexican bishops’ conference has pledged to pursue a new pastoral vision, in which the Church is considered close to the needs of the people, the poor are the priority and prelates speak prophetically on issues like violence, inequality and corruption among the elites, who currently count on the hierarchy as an ally.

The conference presented its pastoral plan on 13th May, saying it responded to the current state of the country and societal changes. The plan also responded to an admonishment from Pope Francis, who scolded Mexico’s bishops in 2016 for resting on their laurels, showing timidity as violence was escalating and failing to find unity among themselves.

‘Recognising ourselves as ‘iglesia pueblo’ (church-as-the-people) brings with it the need to adjust and update our theological concepts and incorporate them in their practical consequences, both personally and within the life of our Christian communities,’ read the bishops’ document, titled, ‘Global Pastoral Plan 2031-2033’. The dates coincide with the 500th anniversary of the country’s patroness Our Lady of Guadalupe appearing to St Juan Diego and the 2,000th anniversary of Christ’s Resurrection.

‘Attitudes of individualism, pastoral jealousy, princely pretensions, arrogance and behaviors, which contradict a life of communion and participation, no longer have a place in the ‘iglesia pueblo’,’ the bishops said.

Picture: A federal policeman keeps watch at a cemetery as relatives of missing persons look for mass graves in Ahuihuiyuco, Mexico, on 10th May. (CNS photo/Daniel Becerril, Reuters).