Denouncing President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall between Mexico and the United States as “an open threat that violates relations and peace,” the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico City said Sunday that companies who profit from its construction are “traitors to the homeland.”
The country’s largest archdiocese made the charge in an editorial (Spanish) published in its weekly newsletter, Desde la fe. A spokesman said the editorial represented the views of the diocese.
“Joining a project that is a serious affront to dignity, is to shoot yourself in the foot,” the editorial declared. “The wall is a monument of intimidation and silence, of xenophobic hatred.”
It continued: “Any company with the intention to invest in the wall of the fanatic Trump would be immoral, but above all, its shareholders and owners should be considered traitors to the homeland.”
The archdiocese also blasted what it described as “the timidity of the Mexican government’s economic authorities, who have not moved firmly against these companies,” which it said numbered in the hundreds. “For them, the end justifies the means,” the editorial said of such firms.
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On the other side of the border, “at least 26 Hispanic-American business owners […] have registered with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to bid on government contracts to build the border wall,” according to an analysis by VICE News.
Catholic News Service reports that this is not the first time criticism of Trump has appeared in Desde la fe. “In September 2015, it called Trump ‘ignorant’ and a ‘clown’ and blasted Mexican government passivity in defending its migrants as ‘unpardonable’.” In February, massive anti-Trump rallies took place across the majority-Catholic country.