|Bishop Daniel Flores|
The 68 year old politico knew better than to jump into a "gray area" business enterprise without the so-called due diligence, checking first with local law enforcement, as in his consultation with former Brownsville Police Chief Carlos Garcia about enforcement regarding such operations.
|Pat Ahumada, May 3, 2013|
District Attorney Luis Saenz, in a 2013 Year-End Report inserted into Sunday's Brownsville Herald, has made crystal clear his desire to abolish 8-liner operations in Cameron County. Until now, we may have misinterpreted Saenz' motivation for closing down these edge-of-the-law gaming operations.
Juan Montoya, publisher of the El Rrun Rrun blog, assuming the role of a de facto Public Information Officer for the Cameron County District Attorney's Office, revealed today what motivated District Attorney Luis Saenz to go after Cameron County 8-liner operations:
"Saenz said that Operation Bishop was named after new Brownsville Catholic Diocese Bishop Daniel E. Flores since the clergyman complained about the establishments because he felt that they were diminishing the amount of money made in local parish bingo halls and church collection plates."
Montoya continues on his blog, quoting District Attorney Saenz:
|District Attorney Luis Saenz|
So, the bitter reality is that Saenz motivation was not based primarily on legality, morality or even the monies lost by the poor and elderly who frequent 8-liner establishments. He was responding to a request made by an official of the hugely affluent, but still money hungry Catholic Church. He even named the operation after the official title of the papal officer making the request, Bishop Daniel Flores. Yes, Operation Bishop! Flores and Saenz were concerned about loss of revenue by the Catholic Church!
Interestingly, Time Magazine names Pope Francis "Person of the Year," perhaps rightfully, and, in the same year, District Attorney Luis Saenz names a law enforcement operation "Operation Bishop," in honor of Brownsville Bishop Daniel Flores.