NM legislators demand response from Archbishop Wester for ‘racist’ accusation | LAMonitor.com

Thirty-three New Mexico legislators sent a letter Monday to Archbishop John C. Wester demanding his response to recent comments made by Allen Sanchez, executive director of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops.
In his remarks, Sanchez claimed that a proposal to increase expenditures from New Mexico’s Land Grant Permanent Fund to pay for early childhood programs failed to pass because of “an element of racism” among its opponents. Sanchez also said that “opposition came from people with power and wealth.”
In the letter, legislators wrote, “we are deeply troubled by recent comments made by Allen Sanchez, the executive director of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops. Since his comments were delivered as a representative and spokesperson of the Roman Catholic Church in New Mexico, we feel compelled to ask you to confirm that his statement reflects the views of you and your fellow bishops in New Mexico.”
Legislators noted that opposition to the proposal, House Joint Resolution 1, crossed all political, ethnic, religious and demographic lines, and opponents hailed from every region of New Mexico. They also said that state leaders have worked to increase support for early childhood programs, and since 2012, funding for these programs has more than doubled to $270 million annually.
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