Download e-book for iPad: Crossing Swords: Politics and Religion in Mexico by Roderic Ai Camp

By Roderic Ai Camp

In keeping with a decade of box learn, this paintings is the 1st book-length, scholarly exam in English of the function of Catholicism in Mexican society because the Nineteen 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 USA that includes exact interviews of various bishops and clergy and major politicians approximately how they see one another and the way faith affects their values. it's also the 1st research of the Mexican Catholic Church which makes use of nationwide survey study to check Mexican attitudes towards faith, Christianity, and Catholicism, and gives the 1st inside of examine the decision-making strategy of bishops on the diocesan level.

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55 The relationship between Presidents Echeverria (1970-1976), Lopez Portillo (1976-1982), Miguel de la Madrid (1982-1988), and Salinas to the Mexican episcopate, and specific occurrences drawing the Church into political activities, are detailed in subsequent chapters. 57 The Church acquired additional prestige because it was the only major civil organization that reacted immediately to the disaster, using its network of organizations to receive foreign donations and distribute them to those who needed the help.

Church and State 21 28. The Church considers voting, in a democracy, as an essential civic responsibility, viewing it as sinful not to participate. In Mexico, increased voter turnout generally has favored the opposition parties. This was not the case, however, in the August 1994 presidential elections. For example, see the comment on this by Otto Granados Roldan, later President Salinas's press secretary, in "La iglesia catolica mexicana como grupo de presion," (Mexico City: UNAM, Departamento de Humanidades, 1981), 52-53.

According to its leading scholar, this violent conflict between Catholics and clergy and the government explains many of the differences between the Mexican Catholic Church and Catholic institutions in the rest of the region. The Cristero rebellion fostered a unique set of conditions on 28 Crossing Swords Mexican Church-state behavior, leaving a significant residue of mutual distrust and resentment on the part of clergy, secular elites, and the officer corps. 23 Revisionist history argues that 1929 is a benchmark year in church-state relations.

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