THURSDAY
January 27, 2000
volume 11, no. 19
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MEXICO PAPAL NUNCIO AVOIDS BISHOP RUIZ'S RETIREMENT CEREMONY
    MEXICO CITY (CWNews.com) - The papal nuncio to Mexico refused to attend the retirement ceremony for controversial Chiapas Bishop Samuel Ruiz on Tuesday because of "serious" statements made by the bishop's supporters, according the nunciature.

    Archbishop Justo Mullor said he decided not to travel to San Cristobal de las Casas following statements made by Fathers Gonzalo Ituarte and Felipe Toussaint that were "very serious for the Vatican." By contrast, he praised Bishop Raul Vera Lopez, the former coadjutor bishop of San Cristobal, on his transfer to the Diocese of Saltillo. Archbishop Mullor said Bishop Vera's comments were instead not "gratuitous and void of all ecclesiastical sense."

    Bishop Ruiz was to step down on Tuesday after 40 years as head of the diocese in a ceremony attended by nearly 1,000. The bishop became controversial in recent years for his perceived adherence to Liberation Theology and support of extremist Indian groups fighting the Mexican government for independence. Bishop Ruiz announced his retirement on his birthday last November upon reaching the canonical age limit of 75.

          

January 27, 2000
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