Condom-carrying Mexican priest under investigation


Inés San Martín

After Father Tomás Herrera Seco said in a video interview that he always carries a condom because “he might need it,” and that sexual flings are a good thing because “affection is a gift, a wonder,” he’s been placed under investigation by his bishop and barred from the parish where he had been serving. Herrera also asked his brother priests not to condemn him.

A Mexican priest who said during a recent media interview that he always carries a condom because “he might need it,” is being investigated by his diocese and, pending further notice, has been banned from the parish where he’s been informally serving.

“I always carry my condom ready if necessary, because having a fling is never disagreeable to anyone, and gives one emotional stability,” said Father Tomás Herrera Seco in a video interview with an online news site called Proyecto Puente (Project Bridge).

“The condom is just in case I need to use it. I lead a chaste sexual life, if I carry it is to use it if it’s needed. I haven’t needed it so far, but never say ‘I shall not drink from this water’,” he said on July 20.

In truth, Herrera actually hasn’t worked as a priest for years. He was a state employee during the administration of former governor Guillermo Perez (2009-2015), and served as the main counselor on ethics and morals for public employees in the state of Sonora, which shares the U.S.-Mexico border with the states of Arizona and New Mexico. According to news-site El Universal, he trained 3,300 public employees in his job.

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