Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera “El Chapo”, reportedly worth more than USA$1,000,000,000.00 in blood money, with well over 200,000 deaths and disappearances accredited to his Sinaloa Cartel, is now serving a life sentence in the only Level 5 U.S. Penitentiary existing today. That’s in Florence, Colorado, an ADMAX facility (Administrative Maximum Security), or “Ultra-Max.” Stories about him are of interest to me since, way back in the day when he was just getting started, my “Shadow” did up arms transfers for him. In other words, many of those AKs and ammo have my own name written all over them. That’s all something I’ve been trying to stop for quite some time. Always the uphill battle.
Alejandrina Gisselle Guzmán Salazar, the daughter of “El Chapo”, just got married to Édgar Cázares, the nephew of an alleged cartel money launderer in a private Mass at the cathedral in the capital city of Sinaloa, Culiacan. The cathedral, pictured above, was locked down and other Catholics locked out for the event. Many of the Cartel crowd were in attendance. All the usual accoutrements were at hand, like bullet-proof vehicles. Doesn’t quite look right, does it?
Reportedly, this wasn’t a violent takeover the cathedral with guns blazing, followed by a secular “justice of the peace” signing of documents, doing this in the cathedral for the photo-op so as to make a show of the local church being under the power of “El Chapo.”
Reportedly, this was a full on celebration of the sacrament of Holy Matrimony during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, meaning, in that case, that a Catholic priest was fully participating.
The shock value desired by the cartel goes far to desensitize actual believers and normalize cartel governance not only of the police and military and politicians and the government, but also of the local churches.
However, no reporters were invited inside. We don’t know what happened. That could be for a number of reasons, one of them being security.
But another reason could be that there was no priest, no Mass, no sacramental wedding, just a fake show of fraudulent Catholics, blathering on about their love for one another before jaded guests, all of them congratulating each other on their mocking of God together. The wedding vows are insincere. The wedding never actually took place. It’s just a brutal promise to use each other for ulterior motives.
But even if there was a priest, a Mass, the whole show of sacramental wedding vows, I contend that this cannot be a valid celebration of Holy Matrimony, even if Alejandrina Gisselle Guzmán Salazar, the daughter of “El Chapo”, and her present hubby, Édgar Cázares, have sworn off all connections with the Sinaloa cartel and indeed had nothing ever to do with the cartel on any level whatsoever. Isn’t that guilt by association, you might ask? Well, in this case, I would say yes, it is guilt by association, not just in opinionated judgement of someone with direct stake in the matter, but in reality, real guilt of real people, even if only by association.
Here’s the deal: the ceremony, whatever it was or was not is not important. What was entirely essential was the fact that this was done with the knowledge of reporters snapping pictures outside and at the reception; what was all-important was that this was done at the Cathedral of the capital city of the State of Sinaloa, the den of the Sinaloa Cartel; what was all-important was that the Sinaloa cartel has gone to great lengths to manufacture theatrics for world consumption. So…
If the bride, Alejandrina Gisselle Guzmán Salazar, the daughter of “El Chapo”, and her present hubby, Édgar Cázares, were sincere about their wedding vows being valid and a celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony so that their marriage and family was the redeemed image of God by way of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass providing them sanctifying grace to actually love each other as Christ Jesus loved the Church, He laying down His life for His Immaculate Bride, the Church Jesus, Christ our God, Himself founded, His wedding vows expressed in the Consecrations at Holy Mass, the Last Supper, united with Calvary – This is my Body given for you, in Sacrifice, this is my Blood poured out for you, in Sacrifice – if Alejandrina and Édgar, knowing that they had to prepare for their final judgment always coming for all of us much sooner than later, if Alejandrina and Édgar had this as their motivation, thus providing valid vows for their marriage, in that case Alejandrina and Édgar would NOT have gone along with all the pro-Cartel theatrics. The marriage, regardless of any priest or Cathedral is entirely invalid. They are NOT married.
You object that they might have been bullied into tolerating this mockery of Christ’s own wedding with His Bride, the Church, you know, because bullying is the way of the cartel. You know the drill: you get with the program or disappear. So you do it.
Really? You deny Jesus before men thinking Jesus will not deny you before our Heavenly Father at the judgement? What happened to martyrdom? But I’m not at all speaking about their subjective moral innocence or guilt. No. This is about the public, ecclesial validity of their vows. So: If they were coerced into this, then by definition their vows are invalid.
The Bishop and, if there actually was a priest involved, should make a joint statement that they were coerced into doing this – if they indeed had to be coerced… – and that obviously the wedding vows are invalid, and that the Sinaloa cartel is itself entirely evil, condemning all their killings and violence and destruction of lives. They should state the condemnation and denunciation of the vows even if it was all done entirely without their knowledge, say, while the bishop and all the clergy were at a clergy conference or retreat elsewhere in the diocese. Right? On that note, I otherwise have no indication that the Bishop and any priest who may well have refused to participate in any way did not suffer, and greatly, for having objected. The Sinaloa cartel is ruthless.
Look, I’m not going to judge the Bishop or any priest for not publicly condemning anyone. They may literally have guns to their heads. Literally. They can let people know quietly, my discreet word of mouth. Believe me, this kind of information spreads instantly, but you’ll never know it. Believers are sick of cartel violence and will support their clergy.
I’m exaggerating, you say? The other night in a private meeting more cartel / church theatrics were related to me about a certain parish in a certain diocese where the Sinaloa cartel is most active. Without any involvement by the parish priest or the diocese in question, the cartel had built a new mission church in that parish, and was trying to force the pastor to make use of “their” church as a parish church. The priest wouldn’t do it. Blessings upon him. But none of those stories are reported, are they? And that tells me that what are admitted to be conjectures about anything scandalous are in fact manufactured, fake news for the benefit of the coprophagic, as Pope Francis would say.
It is a sign of the loss of hope, and therefore of despair, when one falls into instant assumption that all are guilty of everything that anyone accuses anyone of doing. Were the Bishop and any priest absolutely guilty just because some reporter made conjectures about that which he could not verify? Despair is a sin. We’re not to go there.
- Jesus was falsely accused.
- But He was accused by the Chief Priests and Elders of the People; it has to be true!
- No, it doesn’t have to be true. In fact, listen to this beatitude:
- “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you, and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven. For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way.” (Luke 6:22-23)
- “Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12)
Reporters went from pictures outside of a building to accusing the church by conjecture of money-laundering for the cartel by way of the collection. Really? Could be. Anything is possible. But, guilt because of accusation by reporters who get paid for salacious stories, true or fake news? I should like to think that the Bishop and any priest accused of participation are instead enjoying the blessedness of the Beatitude cited above.
Let’s not forget Cardinal Juan Jesús Posadas Ocampo, who was vociferous in his opposition of the cartels, and was “accidentally” caught up in “crossfire”, being shot 14 times in the chest at a distance of about six inches, with the rifle barrel shoved through the open car window in which he was sitting, was an enemy of the cartels, and, in my opinion, a martyr. But fake news is eager to say that church subservience to “El Chapo” has been going on for some thirty years, since that assassination, in fact, which doesn’t make sense. The result of the international investigation was that the Tijuana cartel was tricked by “El Chapo” into thinking that the guy in that car was “El Chapo” himself, their mortal rival of the Sinaloa cartel. Get it? Even if the Tijuana cartel pulled the trigger, the trigger was operated by the Sinaloa cartel. The Cardinal was used by the Sinaloa cartel and this usage of the Church continues with the use of the Cathedral in Culiacan, Sinaloa.
The wedding was just as fake as everything else about the fake glories of the ever supremely glorious “El Chapo,” who garners only fake adulation by people who are scared to death of him. Oh, he does nice things too, such as fixing roads and building bridges for “his” people. They pretend to love him for it, having parades in his honor. All fake. I bet he pays – just as a possible example – construction companies a thousand times the price of a project, and then is given 999 times the price of the project back. Money laundering anyone?
A note to news outlets: You report conjectures as if they were events that have taken place, thus capitalizing on the blood of so many who have died. Yours also is a blood sport, and you have all that innocent blood upon you. What is it that you are doing with your lives? You put peoples’ lives more at risk because of what you do. What for? For $10 bucks more in your paycheck this month?
Finally: Jesus was in solidarity with us, standing in our place, the Innocent for the guilty, so that He would have the right in His own justice to forgive us our sin, our idiocy, our misuse of others for ourselves, and bring us to heaven. He asks that while we live in His grace with that forgiveness, we ourselves live also His love and respect for others, even as we, while still in this world, also suffer through the other effects of original sin and our own, including suffering the mistreatment of others. Come over to the light. It can mean suffering for the cause of all that is good and kind and true, but that is all out of love, for God is love. God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son…