About Secret History

Commentary on Latin America.
Mostly about Mexico - but not always.
Designed to encourage readers to learn about
the apparently "secret history" of 500 million people
spread across two continents
- but not always.
You can always count on a little snark.

Friday, November 26, 2010

De DF Hasta Denver - White Wall Blocks Dark Virgin

Some priests never learn. Apparently some curate from Denver stepped into Mr. Peabody's way-back machine and shot back to 1790 where he sat in on a focus group of Spanish clergy dispatched to the Americas. Upon returning to the 21st century, said priest built a giant white wall in front of a mural of La Virgen because she "detracted from the central focus of the Holy Presence of the Blessed Sacrament in the altar." *head smack*

The Mexican church has had angst about La Virgen and similar saint devotions since initial conversion until independence - with even groups like the Sinarquistas expressing dismay at the level of devotion offered to La Virgen de Guadalupe as late as the 1940s. Interestingly enough, for most Mexican curates La Virgen was considered so mainstream by the 40s she was used as a distraction to take attention away from local miraculous expressions in areas with holy devotions considered to "Indian" (for example, Morelos in the 1950s). I guess the folks in Denver and the American Catholics never got the memo.

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