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MEXICO: The marriage of President Fox - Legion of Christ

We are again indebted to Ed Jajko for his scholarly comments on our postings:

In a posting on 18 July, you wrote: "Fox and his [new] wife were touring the US ... He said they would visit the Vatican in the course of a world tour, and expressed the hope that the Pope would indeed visit Mexico after his tour of Canada next year. If he does, he will run into another problem. The authorities at the Basilica of Guadalupe said it would be the occasion for him to proclaim the beatification of Juan Diego, who saw the Virgin. The Vatican has been dragging its feet on this, since the story is a fable."

Perhaps you meant to say "canonization of Juan Diego." He was declared blessed in April 1990, and the ceremony of beatification was performed in May 1990 by John Paul II when he visited the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The Vatican may indeed be dragging its feet with regard to his canonization. This is not unprecedented; it took Rome 400 years to canonize Thomas More, and about the same number of years to canonize Martin de Porres, of Lima, Peru. But this is hardly because the Vatican shares your opinion that "the story is a fable." The apparitions and "story" of la Guadalupana are taken quite seriously. Our Lady of Guadalupe was declared Patroness of the Americas in 1946 by Pius XII and in 1999, her feast day, 12 December, was made a holy day for all of North America.

My comment: Ed is quite correct about beatification. I wondered why Mexican commentators use the word. They may simply be muddle-headed. As for the story of Juan Diego, of course the Vatican takes it seriously. However, serious historians of Mexico say it is a fable. When the prelate in charge of the shrine said so a year or so ago, provoking an uproar, he was quietly removed. I have lost track of him. I suspect that many scholarly clerics agree with the historians.

Ed continues, giving us valuable information: With regard to another posting on 7/18: For information about the Legion of Christ from the source, see, which says: The Legion of Christ is a Roman Catholic Congregation of priests, founded in 1941, active in 20 countries on 4 continents, North America, South America, Europe and Australia, with over 480 priests and over 2,500 seminarians. Legionaries of Christ serve the Church by forming and motivating enterprising lay Catholics to take an active part in the Church's mission: to Love Christ enthusiastically; and to live their Catholic Faith to the full. Information about Fr. Marcel Marcial is at

My comment: This explains the difference with the Opus Dei, whose membership is primarily professional laymen. The mission as described by Ed is surely shared by all good Catholics.

Ed further enlightens us: A posting of 5 May about "Children in Latin America," included a query about an institution called IPODERAC. See, which says: "El Instituto Poblano de Readaptacion AC es una institucion para los niños de la calle, fundada en 1966. Director General: Ing. Agustin Landa Director Educativo: Dr. Fernando Ballí Puede Contactarnos en: O Visitarnos en: IPODERAC, Carretera Puebla-Atlixco Km. 25, Atlixco, Puebla, Mexico.O Llamar a: (+52) (244) 515 08 o (+52) (244) 587 50"

My comment: Atlixco is a small town southwest of Puebla. Ed Simmen, of the University of the Americas, can tell us more about it when he comes to the WAIS conference. This item should have a special interest for Kathleen Morrison of Stanford's Bolivar House, whose special interest in the street children of Latin America. Suffer little children to come unto me. A continent which treats its children as Latin America does can be described as Catholic only in a nominal sense.

Ronald Hilton - 7/20/01