And what changes are they making to ensure this separation continues?
Mexico’s 1917 constitution guarantees religious freedom of speech and nonreligious public education. But Pages Llergo said it needs to be changed to guarantee that private education is nonreligious, too.
So, in this conception of “separation of church and state,” the state is going to tell the church what they can and can’t teach in schools.
Mexico has a history of religious intolerance:
Mexico is an overwhelmingly Catholic country, but has a long history of secular government that dates back to the mid-19th century. The country broke relations with the Catholic Church in 1867 and didn’t restore them until in 1992, when it also repealed laws that had banned priests from wearing clerical garb in public.
That’s sugarcoating it. Mexico’s 1857 Constitution outlawed parochial education, closed seminaries and convents, forbade worship outside a church, prohibited religious communities from owning property and priests and nuns from wearing religious garbs, denied clergy the right to vote and the right to criticize the government. Among those opposing these restrictive regulations (and not even Communists behind the Iron Curtain were this oppressive) were called the Cristeros, many of whom ultimately died defending the rights of the Church. Just yesterday the Church commemorated the memory of one of these martyrs, who killed for the offense of being a priest:
Padre Miguel Agustin Pro was one of the best known of the martyred priests. Pro used elaborate disguises so that soldiers would not recognize him as a priest. Known for his indefatigable sense of humor, he visited the faithful often dressed as a beggar. He administered the sacraments, provided jokes and laughter, and helped financially those in need. Rich families often received the sacraments from Padre Pro in his disguise of businessman. Pro and his brother, Humberto, were arrested for being erroneously linked to a car bombing which injured ex-president Obregón. The car used in the bombing was traced back to Humberto Pro, the previous owner.
Calles took advantage of the opportunity to execute a priest publicly in an attempt to discourage other priests from participating in politics. He ordered Pro be shot at the police station and invited reporters to the execution. Padre Pro carried a small crucifix and his rosary and held his arms out forming a cross as he was shot. Pope John Paul II beatified him on September 25, 1988.
Read more about the oppression by the Mexican government at the link above.
It just occurred to me that we shouldn’t be surprised at the influx of illegal aliens into America given how the Mexican government has treated its people since gaining independence. The elites in Mexico just don’t seem to care about the common person there and haven’t for a long time. We need to figure out how to convince Mexican leaders to change.