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The Mayor of Mexico City has filed a lawsuit against the Cardinal of Guadalajara for slandering the Supreme Court. Pam has the full story. But, check this out:
In the secular institutional corner, the Supreme Court censured Sandoval’s statements unanimously, and Ebrard issued a stark warning to the highest-ranking prelate of Mexico’s second-largest city: “We live in a secular state, and here, whether we like it or not, the law rules the land,” Ebrard said, according to La Jornada (links in Spanish). “The cardinal must submit to the law of the land, like all other citizens of this country.”
According to the CIA Fact Book, Mexico is 76.5% Catholic. But, it’s a secular state and leaders aren’t afraid to say that. Religious leaders can’t dictate policy, unlike Mexico’s neighbor to the North.
Considering the crimes that Cardinals around the world have gotten away with (enabling and protecting child rapists), slander probably seemed like nothing. Leaders of the Catholic Church just aren’t used to being held accountable.