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Catholicism and Crime: On the Murders of Women and Homosexual Men and the Influence of the Local Catholic Church in Ciudad Juárez

Presenter Information

Kristin AndersonFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Junior

Major

Spanish; Nonprofit Leadership Studies

Minor

International Studies

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Ciudad Juárez, Mexico is overrun with crime, especially femicides (murders of women) and homocidios (murders of homosexual men). Though scholars have widely discussed femicides— examining the political, social, economic, transnational, and misogynist influences— few scholars have discussed the hate crimes against homosexual men nor the influence that the local Catholic Church has on these crimes. This research paper seeks to discover the impact of the Ciudad Juárez Catholic Church teachings on those who commit these crimes, whether positive or negative, through an examination of articles published in the official journal of the dioceses of Ciudad Juárez, the varied discourse concerning femicide, a source concerning the less discussed homophobic murders, official governmental sources, analysis conducted by scholars, and other sources pertaining to the aforementioned influences on femicide which can be equally as influential on the murders of homosexual men. The Catholic Church— though teaching morals that would condemn murder, rape, and crime— potentiates the specific hate crimes of murdering women and homosexual men through its teachings about these people groups. Despite the ample and varied discourse that pertains to femicides, this paper contains the supplementary analysis necessary to understand the murder of women and homosexual men and the influence of the local Catholic Church in Ciudad Juárez.

Keywords: feminicidios, homocidios, catolicismo, protestante, asesinatos, Ciudad Juárez, homosexualidad, homofobia, maquiladoras

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Catholicism and Crime: On the Murders of Women and Homosexual Men and the Influence of the Local Catholic Church in Ciudad Juárez

Ciudad Juárez, Mexico is overrun with crime, especially femicides (murders of women) and homocidios (murders of homosexual men). Though scholars have widely discussed femicides— examining the political, social, economic, transnational, and misogynist influences— few scholars have discussed the hate crimes against homosexual men nor the influence that the local Catholic Church has on these crimes. This research paper seeks to discover the impact of the Ciudad Juárez Catholic Church teachings on those who commit these crimes, whether positive or negative, through an examination of articles published in the official journal of the dioceses of Ciudad Juárez, the varied discourse concerning femicide, a source concerning the less discussed homophobic murders, official governmental sources, analysis conducted by scholars, and other sources pertaining to the aforementioned influences on femicide which can be equally as influential on the murders of homosexual men. The Catholic Church— though teaching morals that would condemn murder, rape, and crime— potentiates the specific hate crimes of murdering women and homosexual men through its teachings about these people groups. Despite the ample and varied discourse that pertains to femicides, this paper contains the supplementary analysis necessary to understand the murder of women and homosexual men and the influence of the local Catholic Church in Ciudad Juárez.

Keywords: feminicidios, homocidios, catolicismo, protestante, asesinatos, Ciudad Juárez, homosexualidad, homofobia, maquiladoras