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-Mexico Destroys 30 chapels Dedicated to ‘Saint Death’ of Drug Gangs

by Dr. D ~ March 27th, 2009

(-Saint Death -‘Santa Muerte’ via Wikipedia)

 Report: “Mexico City – Mexican federal authorities used bulldozers to bring down more than 30 chapels devoted to “Saint Death” – a figure that is worshipped by drug traffickers – in the northern city of Nuevo Laredo, the daily Reforma reported Wednesday.”

‘Saint Death’ – Santa Muerte is similar to ‘the Grim Reaper’ and is said to be venerated and worshipped by over a million people in Mexico. However, the drug gangs have made the so-called ‘saint’ their patron and have built chapels all over Mexico and have set up thousands of statues and shrines in her honor. As part of the war against the drug cartels, the Mexican authorities began to destroy those chapels and shrines.

This week, the government of Mexico destroyed more than 30 chapels that were devoted to Santa Muerte and connected to the drug cartels. Also officials destroyed more than 35 statues and shrines to ‘Saint Death’ in the border town of Nuevo Laredo alone.

Response: I am somewhat ambivalent to this action. A government that arbitrarily destroys religious chapels could one day decide to bulldoze your church or mission, or all protestant or Pentecostal churches which oppose the dominant culture in some way. However in this case, the Mexican government is only destroying chapels and shrines sponsored by and clearly identified and marked as belonging to drug families.

The so-called ‘Saint Death’ Is not recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, in fact church officials consider the worship of Santa Muerte to be a pagan or satanic cult. The church is particularly concerned because the cult mixes Catholic symbols, prayers, and ceremonies into the worship rituals of Santa Muerte.

Many involved in the cult do not clearly recognize that it is a departure from the Roman Catholic Church and a distortion of Christianity in general. Also, most of those involved do not know or realize that the worship of Santa Muerte is actually opposed by the church. It is considered evil by church authorities and contrary to Catholic teaching and theology.

Those who typically ‘worship’ this saint are hoping for favor in this life and to stave off death. Many pray to ‘her’ for health, and prosperity. The worshippers of Santa Muerte hope that in venerating her that she will not come for them soon but grant them a long and prosperous life, protection from their enemies, and a ‘good’ death.

Here is a video that demonstrates some of the ceremonies connected to Saint Death–quite scary!. It is in Spanish, but has excellent English subtitles (Run time: 4:36):             *Top

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