02/12/2008 (Mexico City) His Excellency don Carlos Abascal Carranza
Written by Royal Deputation
It is with great sadness that we announce the death this morning, 2 December 2008, of His Excellency don Carlos Abascal Carranza, Grand Cross of Merit, after a courageous battle with stomach cancer, at the age of 59. He was the son of Salvador Abascal Infante, a leading Mexican politician who had founded the Unión Nacional Sinarquista in 1937 as a political party that owed its political philosophy to Catholic Social teaching. Having graduated as a lawyer in 1973 with a thesis on the relationship between the spiritual and temporal power Carlos Abascal pursued a career with Afianzadora Insurgentes, a company that dealt with guarantees in the financial sector of which he rose to be chief executive, and was later president of the Confederación Patronal de la República Mexicana and Vice-President of the Mexican Institute for the Doctrine of Social Democracy.
In 2000 he joined President Vicente Fox s cabinet as Secretary of Labour and Social Provision and in 2005 was appointed Secretary of the Government. After leaving the government he was one of the most prominent campaigners against the abolition of restrictions on abortion in the Federal District.
Left to Right: HRH the Infante don Carlos, Duke of Calabria; His Eminence Norberto Cardinal Rivera; Sra Abascal; His Excellency don Carlos Abascal, on the occasion when Cardinal Rivera was invested as a Bailiff Grand Cross of Justice and Carlos Abascal was invested as a Grand Cross of Merit, in February 2008.