Religion: Rebirth in Mexico

"Faith is stronger than law," said Archbishop Luis María Martínez, drawing deeply on his cigarette. "Despite what has happened in the past, we are really not doing too badly." Outside, a brown-cowled Franciscan hurrying along the plaza bore out the Archbishop's point, for this was Mexico City, capital of a country whose 38-year-old constitution 1) forbids monastic orders, and through a statute also bans any kind of religious garb in public; 2) declares all churches, rectories and convents government property, and 3) gives state legislatures the power to determine the number of clergymen...

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