“What we seek is genuine religious liberty and not the imposition of a state religion, because that would be absurd,” the archbishop of Mexico said at a press conference Sunday.
“Neither does anyone want the imposition of atheism under the pretext of secularism,” he added.
Last week, deputies of the Party of Democratic Revolution denounced a governmental deputy, José Espina, for having pictures of the Virgin of Guadalupe and a crucifix in his office.
Javier Moctezuma Barragán, undersecretary for religious affairs of the government secretariat, said the issue was a private matter.
Asked whether the Catholic Church was trying to gain power by displaying religious images in government offices, Cardinal Rivera Carrera denied such a motive. “We do not believe that anyone will use religion to attain earthly power,” he said.