MEXICO CITY (CNS): An official investigation of the 1993 assassination of Cardinal Juan Jesus Posadas Ocampo has ended in Mexico, but disagreement persists among federal, state and Church officials over the killing.
At a news conference on July 27, Church leaders and investigators from the federal attorney-general’s office and the state of Jalisco voiced their discord over the circumstances of the murder of Cardinal Posadas on May 23, 1993, in a parking lot at Guadalajara Airport in Jalisco state.
In spite of profound differences, Church and government officials had tried to work together for two years in a special investigating commission.
The two representatives of the Mexican bishops’ conference in the investigation group, Archbishop Jose Fernandez Arteaga of Chihuahua and Bishop Luis Reynoso Cervantes of Cuernavaca, sided with Mexican Attorney-General Jorge Madrazo Cuellar. They insisted that Cardinal Posadas was killed accidentally during a shootout between rival drug-trafficking gangs.