Continuity and Change in the Mexican Catholic Church

  • Soledad Loaeza-Lajous
Part of the Latin American Studies Series book series (LASS)


Relations between Church and State have followed an irregular pattern in independent Mexico (1821), alternating between periods of sharp conflict and of collaboration. After the wars of independence, anticlericalism took hold as a powerful political tradition, despite the fact that some of its most notable leaders, Miguel Hidalgo and José Maria Morelos, for example, were priests. Opposition to the Catholic Church has been one of the characteristic traits of the modernising Mexican elites, who have seen the ecclesiastic institution and the values it upholds as being the main obstacles to change.


Authoritarian Regime Elite Group Opposition Parti Catholic Church Religious Factor 
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