Ciudad de México: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2023. First Edition. Paperback. 325p., bibl., wrps. New. Item #83539
"La Cristiada: Fe, Guerra y Diplomacia en México (1926-1929)" represents a dramatic event not only for Mexico, but for universal Catholicism, protagonist between 1926 and 1929 of an unprecedented mobilization effort in support of Mexican Catholics persecuted by the government of Plutarco Elías Calles. On the front line, both to oppose the "conspiracy of silence" that seemed to surround the situation of the Church in Mexico, and to favor a diplomatic solution to the armed conflict, was the Holy See, whose archives today allow us to reconstruct the reflections and doubts that They passed through the Curia of Pius XI, along with the decisions made by the pope and his collaborators. In the eyes of Achille Ratti, who in those years witnessed the advance of authoritarian and totalitarian regimes in Europe and the expansion of communist ideology on a global scale, the Mexican question was anything but peripheral, since it led the papal magisterium to be measured against decisive challenges for the present and future of the Church, from the problem of the legitimacy of resorting to weapons against constituted authority, to the evolution of Catholic doctrine towards full acceptance of the right to religious freedom.