Mexico's Hidden Revolution: The Catholic Church in Law and Politics since 1929

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Mexico's Hidden Revolution is the first book to examine the relationship between the Catholic church and the government in Mexico from 1929 until the present. Following the Mexican Revolution, religion was constitutionally banned from the political sphere, church property was seized, and clerical attire was outlawed in public. Yet, as this fascinating study demonstrates, behind the scenes the church and government had a tacit understanding that has led to cooperation rather than conflict. Reich's empirical and ...
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Overview

Mexico's Hidden Revolution is the first book to examine the relationship between the Catholic church and the government in Mexico from 1929 until the present. Following the Mexican Revolution, religion was constitutionally banned from the political sphere, church property was seized, and clerical attire was outlawed in public. Yet, as this fascinating study demonstrates, behind the scenes the church and government had a tacit understanding that has led to cooperation rather than conflict. Reich's empirical and theoretical analysis in Mexico's Hidden Revolution will interest scholars and students in the fields of Latin American history, legal history, political science, and religious studies. In addition, all readers interested in the current constitutional debates in Mexico over the appropriate role for Catholicism in public life will find Mexico's Hidden Revolution an important and timely book.
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Prelude: Religious Crisis and Compromise, 1521-1929 5
3 Post-Arreglo Calm, 1929-31 17
4 Anticlerical Resurgence and Lay Reaction, 1931-35 35
5 The New Modus Vivendi, 1935-42 55
6 Regional and Local Cooperation, 1929-42 75
Appendix: State Restrictions on Priests 92
7 Accion Catolica: The Organized Laity in the Service of Cooperation, 1929-42 93
8 The Church in Politics since 1942 105
9 Conclusion 113
Notes 125
Bibliography 173
Index 189
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