By Roderic Ai Camp

In accordance with a decade of box examine, this paintings is the 1st book-length, scholarly exam in English of the function of Catholicism in Mexican society because the Seventies via 1995, and the expanding political activism of the Catholic church and clergy. it's also the 1st research of church-state family members in Latin the US that includes exact interviews of diverse bishops and clergy and best politicians approximately how they see one another and the way faith impacts their values. it's also the 1st research of the Mexican Catholic Church which makes use of nationwide survey study to envision Mexican attitudes towards faith, Christianity, and Catholicism, and offers the 1st within examine the decision-making means of bishops on the diocesan level.

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The Vatican delegate made a request in the name of the Roman Catholic Apostolic Church of Mexico. Government and clerical experts both criticized the delegate for such a request, which was legally incorrect. Each individual diocese, as a legal entity, must request recognition, since each bishop is an autonomous actor within Mexico. The delegate's actions placed government officials in a difficult situation. The archdiocese of Mexico, representing Cardinal Ernesto Corripio Ahumada, sent lawyers to oppose the delegate's request, arguing that the Roman Catholic Apostolic Church of Mexico had no patrimony nor personnel, and that the delegate, as a foreigner, had no legal standing to make such a request.

This alliance, whatever its fundamental characteristics, brought the Church and Catholicism squarely into secular and political affairs. 1 It is equally important to stress that the two institutions never behaved as equals in the relationship since the Church operated as the subordinate partner. 3 After independence, the Catholic Church, similar to other colonial institutions, struggled to retain its strength, autonomy, and stature in Mexican society. Within the larger context of political uncertainty, and as an actor contributing to societal instability, the Church involved itself overtly in political life.

S. churches have competed not with the state but only with one another. "8 The independence of Mexico from Spain raised an issue that both clergy and politicians referred to frequently: the difference between lower clergy, many of whom favored the independence movements, and higher clergy, who continued to support the crown. The existence of a division between lower and higher clergy on the major political issue of the day, as well as the inability of secular authorities to understand fully differing positions within the Church, repeats itself again during 26 Crossing Swords the 1910 Revolution and later in the Cristero rebellion in the 19205.

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