The Guadalupan Controversies in Mexico

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Stanford University Press, 2006 - History - 318 pages
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The tradition of Our Lady of Guadalupe of Mexico is one of history's greatest examples of the fusion of religious devotion and national identity. For more than three centuries it has united a people who have often been divided. Given the universality of the devotion, not just in Mexico but throughout the Catholic world, it is surprising to know that from the beginning the story of the Virgin Mary's appearances to the neophyte Indian Juan Diego has been the object of bitter controversy. In the late nineteenth century this centered on the authenticity of the tradition, sparked in part by the famous letter of the great Mexican historian Joaquín García Icazbalceta to the archbishop of Mexico, in which he listed his arguments against the tradition. From 1980 until 2002 the controversy centered on the canonization of Juan Diego and the doubts about his historical existence. The Guadalupan Controversies in Mexico is the first comprehensive history of this interesting yet relatively unknown facet of Mexican social and religious history.

 

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Contents

From the Beginning i
1
The Controversy Is Ignited
26
Coronation and Controversy
58
The Visitation of Archbishop Averardi
87
An Uneasy Calm
107
The Beatification of Juan Diego
138
History versus Juan Diego
159
A Sign of Contradiction
191
Letter Concerning the Origin of the Image of
205
Joint Letter to the Congregation for the Causes
239
Notes
249
93
293
Index
311
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Page 308 - La Aparición de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe de México, comprobada con documentos históricos, y defendida de las impugnaciones que se le han hecho. Su autor el Lie.

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Reverend Stafford Poole, C.M., was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1956. He is now an independent scholar whose primary research interest is the Catholic church in colonial Mexico. His previous publications include The Story of Guadalupe: Luis Laso de la Vega's Huei tlamahuiçoltica of 1649 (Stanford University Press, 1998) and Juan de Ovando: Governing the Spanish Empire in the Reign of Philip II (2004)

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