The Diocese of Saltillo, Mexico has responded to protests by an unidentified group who recently urged the diocese to replace current Bishop Raul Vera Lopez.

The July 15 statement was signed by Father Gerardo Escareno and titled, "The activity of the Bishop is not outside the bounds of the Gospel."

Last week protest messages were hung on the railing that surrounds the Cathedral of Saltillo. They were taken down the same day, but not by diocesan or church employees, reported the Mexican daily Vanguardia. Bishop Vera has come under fire in recent months for his connection to a homosexual ministry that does not follow Church teaching.

Fr. Escaareno's statement published on the website of the Mexican bishops' conference says: "The pastoral work of the diocesan bishop, which encompasses a wide variety of areas of the life of the Church and of society, is clearly spelled out in the teachings and pastoral norms of the Church."

He later states that Bishop Vera's actions "are not outside the bounds of the Gospel or the norms and guidelines of the Church, or the challenges of the society in which we live."

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