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Saturday April 13, 2013

Mexican Catholic Church: Cancun Playboy Casino Has to GO

Mexican Catholic Church: Cancun Playboy Casino Has to GO

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The Mexican Catholic Church is offended, pissed and ready for a good fight against American lite-porn house Playboy.  The Church, which views gambling as a place that “attracts criminal elements”, does not want one placed in front of its front door.

The Catholic church of Cancun in the state of Quintana Roo is asking the Playboy Casino to move since it is located less than 200 meters from a place of worship, a violation of the law, says Catholic new agency Fides. 

The Playboy Casino originally opened in 2010 was closed due to damage from a nearby fire and then reopened in November 2012.  The Casino with its trademark scantily clad bunnies is located near Cancun’s “Cristo Rescucitado” (Church of the Risen Christ). The Mexican Catholic Church lost its first round in court and the case has now moved up to the Federal District Court in Quintana Roo with the Church vowing to fight on.

Cristo Rescucitado is one of Cancun’s newer churches started in 1995 as a tent site and then a formal structure in 2000.  Some feel the Church should never of entered an already established tourist area.

In a statement to Fides the Bishop of the Prelature of Cancun, Mgr. Pedro Pablo Elizondo opined: “In Mexico, the Church has always condemned the connection between drug trafficking, violence, abuse of power, gambling and corruption, which are at the expense of the poor and suffering. In many cases violence was linked to casino environments where criminals often circulate.”

Playboy Enterprises partnered with Mexican casino mogul Juan Jose Rojas-Cardona, a man with a criminal record and reported ties to criminal organizations, to open the $7.5 million casino complex. 

The Church leadership is also planning on taking its battles with Playboy to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in hopes he will intervene.