Crossing Swords: Politics and Religion in Mexico

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Data on the composition of bishops suggest that the Church is also vulnerable to certain biases in its leadership's background qualities. Some pitfalls of geographic domination from the West and West Central regions within the Catholic episcopate await the Church. Although the hierarchy's regional biases are far more diverse than the comparable political leadership's, such geographic distortions do breed resentment, especially when bishops from outside a diocese are appointed to a diocese producing a disproportionate number of qualified priests. The policy of selecting bishops will have to weigh the benefits of a "local" bishop against the benefits of an "outside" bishop who views problems with a fresh, locally unbiased vision.


NOTES
1.
Antonio García Montaño, "Los obispos mexicanos de la segunda mitad del siglo xx," unpublished paper, 1992.
2.
Claude Pomerlau, "The Catholic Church in Mexico and Its Changing Relationship to Society and the State," unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, University of Notre Dame, 1980, 10.
3.
Manuel González Ramírez, La Iglesia mexicana en cifras ( Mexico City, 1969), 80- 81.
4.
Oscar Aguilar and Enrique Luengo, "Iglesia y gobierno en el D.F.," in D.F.: gobierno y sociedad civil, Pablo González Casanova, ed. ( Mexico City: El Caballito, 1987), Table 20.
5.
Personal interview with Cardinal Juan José Posadas Ocampo, cardinal of Guadalajara, Mexico City, February 20, 1991.
6.
Personal interview with Bishop Manuel Samaniego Barriga, Cuautitlán Diocese, Cuautitlán, México, February 13, 1991.
7.
Some sources believe that popular mythology about communities is sometimes incorrect. Gabriel Zaid, a leading Mexican intellectual and Monterrey native, suggests that many Mexicans believe Monterrey, a major northern, industrial center and Mexico's third largest city, is the epitome of capitalism and Catholicism. He argues, however, that "in the last century Monterrey was a very strong, active Masonic center. For example, just examine the names of some of the leading entrepreneurs from that area of the country, names like Virgilio Garza, or Platon, which, of course, are names reflective of an anti-Christian origin. Monterrey, in my opinion, has never been a strong Catholic city." Of course, one can make the argument that popular impressions are far more significant than historic reality. Nevertheless, the data on regional birthplaces reinforces Zaid's interpretation.
8.
Personal interview with Father Antonio García Montaño and José Rogelio Alvarez, Mexico City, February 15, 1993. For example, Antonio Guízar Valencia, archbishop of Chihuahua, 1958-1969, and Luis Guízar Barragán, bishop of Saltillo, 1955-1975, both came from this small community. Among Mexican politicians of comparable generations, Atlacomulco, México, is such a community, having given birth to several distinguished national figures who also governed their home state, including Alfredo del Mazo Vélez and Isidro Fabela Alfaro.
9.
Personal interview with Bishop Raúl Vera López, Ciudad Altamirano Diocese, Guerrero, Mexico City, May 3, 1992.
10.
With the retirement of Cardinal Corripio of the Mexico Archdiocese in late 1994, the Vatican plans to consider the opportunity to divide up the capital into multiple dioceses.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgments v
  • Contents vii
  • 1 - Church and State Foundations of Analysis 3
  • Notes 19
  • 2 - Historical Underpinnings and Reform Two Decades in Brief Repose 24
  • Notes 41
  • Issues Facing the Church Politics, Partisanship, and Development 50
  • Notes 70
  • 4 - Issues Facing the Church Moral and Spiritual Challenges 79
  • Notes 99
  • 5 - Religion, Politics, and the Laity 109
  • Notes 126
  • 6 - Becoming a Priest Why Mexicans Enter the Clergy 135
  • Notes 150
  • Educating the Clergy from Priest to Bishop 154
  • Notes 174
  • 8 - Who Are the Bishops? Consequences of Family and Place 180
  • Notes 199
  • 9 - Church-State Interlocks Informal Relations 202
  • Notes 222
  • 10 - Structure and Decision Making 228
  • Notes 251
  • 11 - Structure and Decision Making the Bishop in His Diocese 259
  • Notes 276
  • 12 - The Church Viewed through Political and Clerical Lenses 283
  • Notes 302
  • Appendix - Mexican Bishops 309
  • Bibliographic Essay 319
  • Index 327
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