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Bishop admits church has received drug money

Posted in the database on Thursday, September 22nd, 2005 @ 19:41:37 MST (1318 views)
by Jo Tuckman    The Guardian  

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A Mexican bishop has admitted that the local Catholic church receives donations from drug traffickers, but claimed these are "purified" through good works.

Bishop Ramón Godínez said "bad money shouldn't be burned it should be transformed".

He said the church should ignore the origins of donations just as Jesus showed no curiosity about the expensive perfume Mary Magdalene used to wash his feet.

Government officials have said that receiving illicit money is illegal, but shied away from opening a money laundering investigation into the church.



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