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Reclaiming Church Wealth: The Recovery of Church Property After Expropriation in the Archdiocese of Guadalajara, 1860-1911 José Roberto Juárez

Reclaiming Church Wealth: The Recovery of Church Property After Expropriation in the Archdiocese of Guadalajara, 1860-1911

José Roberto Juárez

Published June 30th 2004
ISBN : 9780826331625
Hardcover
264 pages
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By the middle of the nineteenth century the 300-year-old diocese of Guadalajara had accumulated vast holdings in real property, capital, and religious art and artifacts. This meticulous study examines the type and location of the dioceseas holdingsMoreBy the middle of the nineteenth century the 300-year-old diocese of Guadalajara had accumulated vast holdings in real property, capital, and religious art and artifacts. This meticulous study examines the type and location of the dioceseas holdings and explains who took possession of them when the Mexican government appropriated church properties. How the church recovered some 30 percent of what had been expropriated, and how the church continued its long-time practice of lending money to commercial enterprises is elucidated.Hitherto inaccessible ecclesiastical archives are the source of the information presented and analyzed here. The ostensible purpose of the Liberal governments expropriation of church property in 1859 was to spur the development of a middle class. By showing what actually happened to the property, JuArez sheds new light on Mexico in the half century before the 1910 Revolution. Anyone studying church-state relations in Latin America will need to consult his work.