Rebuilding the Social Pastoral Mission in Oaxaca

For Sr. Pilar Chagoya Mingüer, co-founder of the new Diocesan Social Pastoral School in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico, these are times of healing after a long and difficult era that saw former archbishop José Luis Chávez Botello step down in 2016 amid a sexual abuse scandal, blamed for covering for pedophile priests accused of abusing indigenous children.

Pope Francis’ new appointee, Archbishop Pedro Vázquez Villalobos, took office in February 2018, inheriting an institution fractured by scandal and discord, but his first year at the head of the Oaxaca Diocese gives Chagoya much reason for optimism.