Carlos María Abascal Carranza
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|Carlos María Abascal Carranza|
|Secretary of the Interior|
June 1, 2005 – November 30, 2006
|Preceded by||Santiago Creel|
|Succeeded by||Francisco Ramírez Acuña|
|Secretary of Labor|
December 1, 2000 – June 1, 2005
|Preceded by||Mariano Palacios Alcocer|
|Succeeded by||Francisco Javier Salazar|
May 14, 1949|
Mexico City, Mexico
|Died||December 2, 2008
Mexico City, Mexico
|Political party||National Action Party (PAN)|
|Alma mater||Escuela Libre de Derecho.|
Carlos María Abascal Carranza (born Mexico City, June 14, 1949 - Mexico City, December 2, 2008) was a Mexican lawyer and the Secretary of the Interior in the cabinet of Vicente Fox. He is the son of the writer Salvador Abascal, famous for his synarchist ideas.
Carlos Abascal studied law at Mexico City's Escuela Libre de Derecho, graduating in 1973 with a thesis entitled "Relations between Spiritual Power and Temporal Power", in which he stated, inter alia, that "democracy is a farce that has been used by Freemasons in Mexico... to make a confused and disoriented majority believe that its will is being done". He later pursued business management studies at the IPADE. For about thirty years he worked for Afianzadora Insurgentes where he began as messenger and trainee in the legal area and ended as Director and CEO. He retired from Afianzadora Insurgentes in August 2000.
Abascal has occupied different positions in private and social organizations. He has been president of the Fundación para el Desarrollo Sostenible en México (FUNDES), president of Vertebra, president of the Movimiento Social y de Administración de Valores (AVAL), vice-president of the Instituto Mexicano de Doctrina Social Cristiana (IMDOSOC), and president of the Confederación Patronal de la República Mexicana (COPARMEX).
Abascal was one of President Vicente Fox's key cabinet members. In 2000 Fox appointed Abascal as Secretary of Labor. In 2005, following Santiago Creel's resignation, Abascal was appointed Secretary of the Interior.
He was opposed to some birth control methods such as abortion and the contraceptive pill. He spoke out against "liberal" literature, including the novel Aura by Carlos Fuentes, which Abascal judged as inappropriate for his thirteen-year-old daughter and requested that her private school reconsider including in its curriculum.
In 2009, various Catholic organizations asked the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico to open the process for the canonization Abascal given his virtues and his ability to participate in politics without renouncing up his Catholic values.
- Jornada Archived February 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- President Vicente Fox names Carlos Abascal Carranza to Replace Santiago Creel at interior secretariat, findarticles entry here
- Mexico's Catholic Church raises voice in 2006 race Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. Link is t to WorldWide Religious News, but report is by Reuters
- He died on December 2, 2008 of stomach cancer at the age of 59 The Latin master The Guardian, May 5, 2001
- Mexican Labor News and Analysis Archived October 7, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. Vol 6, No. 5
|Secretary of the Interior
Francisco Javier Ramírez Acuña
|Secretary of Labor
Francisco Javier Salazar