Posted on May 5, 2011
We have asked the question before regarding the church and the reception of illegal tithes, and illegal offerings. Illegal tithes as the tithe in the Old Testament was NEVER a tithe of money but agricultural goods as the Levites were given no lands to grow their own crops and animals, and illegal offerings that are bribes which ministers and ministries give preferential treatment to those who give largely which is forbidden. The church is continually addicted to blood money, drug money, and money from ill gotten gain. When, when pray tell will these evil and corrupt acts cease to be named among the church and its preachers and teachers.
As the body count climbs in
One small chapel is at the center of the controversy.
One woman who attends mass there says it's beautiful. When asked who paid for the building, she says she doesn't know.
A plaque on a wall outside of the structure clearly identifies the
benefactor: Heriberto Lazcano
Lazcano, a top leader of the Zetas, one of
But people in Tezontle say they don't know anything about the generous donor.
So is the neighborhood in denial? Critics say the problem extends to the Catholic Church hierarchy when it comes to narco limosnas, or drug money donations.
In 2008, a spokesman for the Archdiocese in
And the problem dates back decades. Among the allegations: some
priests accept big fees to perform baptisms, weddings and other ceremonies for
drug lords. Several media organizations in
There have also been historic ties between the Catholic Church and the crime
families in other countries, including the
As the death toll from the drug war in
One woman we spoke with outside a church in
As the drug rages on here in
One woman we spoke with says she does not want to judge, since some priests who take cartel cash may do so because of death threats. As a Catholic, she's ashamed it happens: drug violence has touched her god daughter's life. A few weeks ago, the little girl witnessed her mother's murder.
One man who just attended mass in
Back in Tezontle, outside the chapel with the
dedication from the leader of one of