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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Washington Post: Anti-Catholicism = "reform"

The Post today features a story on Cardinal Rivera's current unpopularity among supporters of Andrés Manuel López Obrador.  According to the Post, the "tension" between Rivera and his critics "has roots in history":

Troops supported by the Catholic Church fought a bloody, three-year war against the Mexican government in the 1920s. The war, which cost more than 70,000 lives, was an unsuccessful attempt to overturn reforms that had stripped the church of its considerable influence over the government and the country's financial system.

Hmmm.  The "reforms" of the 1917 Constitution and the Calles government involved the slaughter of priests and Catholic peasants (the "Cristeros") who resisted the state's ferocious efforts to put down the Church, institute a cultural revolution worthy of Pol Pot, and thoroughly secularize Mexican society.  (It was, for a time, an offense to say "Adios.")  Religious processions were prohibited; Catholic schools, convents, and monasteries were closed; foreign priests and nuns were deported; and those priests who were not killed were required to register with the government before receiving permission to perform work in the state's puppet church.  Ah, reform!

That a news story, in one of our best papers, is -- in an article about church-state relations in Mexico -- content simply to report that "[t]roops supported by the Catholic Church fought a bloody, three-year war against the Mexican government in the 1920s" is a disgrace -- for journalism, for our schools and universities, and for the Post.

Here is a useful bibliography.  Blessed Miguel Augustin Pro, pray for us.


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