Pope Francis warned against the “Mexicanization” of Argentina. In today’s hyperbolic politically correct gotcha’ culture, this is being treated like a big deal. Which it’s not.
It just isn’t. And he’s right.
The pope said he didn’t mean to offend Mexicans by his comments after Mexico’s Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade complained that the pope’s comments risked stigmatizing Mexico.
But the pope was simply commenting on the fact (and it is a fact) that Mexico is a very dangerous country where a hundred thousand have died in drug-related violence since 2007. Some of the police have been corrupted and are actively in league with the cartels. In fact, in September of last year, dozens of students were reportedly murdered by corrupt police.
The pope wrote in an email to the Argentine human rights group La Alameda “Hopefully we’re in time to avoid the Mexicanization. I was talking to some Mexican bishops and it’s a terrible situation.”
The pope was warning against a similar thing happening in Argentina.
“It is precisely because of this gravity that the fight against drugs is a priority for the government; to confront violence and return peace and serenity to Mexican families, acting on the causes which are at the root of this plague,” the Vatican reportedly said.
The situation in Mexico is bad. That’s why so many hundreds of thousands of Mexicans are coming to America both legally and illegally. This is a situation that most countries would like to avoid and it’s perfectly appropriate for the pope to warn against such a thing. Is it speaking a bit broadly? Sure.
But there’s no reason to blow this out of proportion.