Religion: Mr. Perez

Lent began with the birth of a new Holy Apostolic Catholic Church−in Mexico. Lent came to a close with the apparent demise of a Holy Apostolic Catholic Church−in Mexico.

Its short-lived troubles produced a bit of a hero, Joaquín Pérez, styled "Patriarch."

Historians might trace the beginnings of the Pérez episode deep through a trail of many years. Necessarily or unnecessarily, there has always been the conflict between Mexico, the devout daughter of Rome, and Mexico, the touchily independent Nation. There have been tiffs between Vatican and Government Palace.

But this particular episode dates...

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