Mexico's Archdiocese of Guadalajara has said that the statements of an important witness confirm the Catholic hierarchy's theory that Cardinal Juan Posadas Ocampo's death was the result of a conspiracy, and not of being caught in a "crossfire" between bands of drug traffickers.
Bishop Felipe Arizmendi said that, should this version which implicates government officials in Posadas Ocampo's death be confirmed, "a very dangerous situation would arise." He added that the bishops have been insistent that all evidence examined, because "such proofs cannot continue to be justified."
Questioned on the same issue, Bishop Abelardo Alvarado, secretary general of the Mexican Episcopal Conference, said that Marco Torres Garcia's version must be corroborated. He also said that the investigations being carried out by the judicial authorities must be respected and that the Mexican bishops are not wedded to any hypothesis regarding the case. "We are waiting for the investigation to clarify the facts, and we must be in solidarity with Sandoval I˝iguez," who is the Archbishop of Guadalajara.