Violent drug gangs in Mexico, which kill thousands of people a year, fund the building of churches in impoverished villages to try to win over locals, a senior Catholic bishop said.
"They are very generous," Bishop Carlos Aguiar told a press conference, Reforma newspaper reported on Saturday.
Aguiar did not say if the drug gangs directly gave money to the Church to use for building places of worship or if they supported the construction works in other ways. Church officials could not be reached for comment on Aguiar's statements, made on Friday and published in several newspapers
"I'm not justifying it, I'm just saying how it is," he said.
Well that's alright then