"This country was evangelized in 1500 by the Franciscan Fathers. It has been allowed to drift for nearly 300 years and is not yet dead. The few priests are lax in religious observance, and some of them live in open concubinage. . . ."
"But these missions are still under the jurisdiction of Mexico, are they not?" inquired the Frenchman.
"In the See of the Bishop of Durango?" added Maria de Allande.
The missionary sighed. "Your Eminence, the Bishop of Durango is an old man; and from his seat to Santa Fe is a distance of 1,500 English miles. There are no wagon roads,...