The Mexican bishops’ conference has urged employers to avoid laying off workers as the coronavirus crisis escalates in a country with an already stagnating economy and a weak social safety net.
In a statement, the bishops also called for solidarity, saying, ‘We’re all in the same boat and no-one saves themselves’, and reminded the wealthy that their accumulated riches ‘must be at the service of others’.
‘Brothers and sisters, we need each other. It’s time to join forces with brotherhood and solidarity, with the will to see the best in everyone,’ said the statement, signed by Archbishop Rogelio Cabrera Lopez of Monterrey, conference president, and Auxiliary Bishop Alfonso Miranda Guardiola, secretary-general.
‘We urge all believers in Christ…but especially Catholic businessmen and businesswomen to be aware that, as members of the divine family…we are responsible to our brothers and sisters.’ God expects people ‘to take the path of truth, justice, service, dedication (and) solidarity,’ the letter continued.
‘(We) especially urge all Catholic businessmen and businesswomen, along with people of goodwill, to do everything possible to keep their workers employed, because it is in moments of crisis where true faith, true humanity, responsibility and social commitment shine through.’
Picture: Employees leave the Volkswagen plant in Puebla, Mexico, on 29th March 2020, during a temporary shutdown during the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/Imelda Medina, Reuters).