Into the Catacombs: Crisis and Persecution, 1926–9

Matthew Butler

in Popular Piety and Political Identity in Mexico's Cristero Rebellion

Published by British Academy

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780197262986
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734656 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

Into the Catacombs: Crisis and Persecution, 1926–9

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This chapter examines the religious crisis in Michoacán, Mexico during the period from 1926 to 1929. It explains that Church-state hostilities in Michoacán intensified in 1926 when Bishop José Mora y del Río publicly reiterated the Church's opposition to constitutional provisions which prohibited the clergy from giving primary education, outlawed ecclesiastical property, and denied the Church of any judicial personality. It outlines the Church's official response to persecution during the cristero revolt and describes the experiences of persecution of Christians at the parish level.

Keywords: religious crisis; Michoacán; Mexico; Bishop José Mora y del Río; Church-state hostilities; persecution of Christians; constitutional provisions

Chapter.  15260 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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