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MonkeyNotes-The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
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The novel The Power and the Glory deals with religious persecution in Mexico after the Mexican Revolution of 1910. There were clashes between the state and the church and under the presidency of Plutarco Elias Calles (1924-28), anti-clerical measures were adopted and organized religion was banned. Calles believed that the Catholic Church was responsible for spreading superstition and that priests were corrupt, greedy, and responsible for the poverty in Mexico. Calles formed the National Revolution Party, which was a coalition of military, labor, and peasant organizations and he totally excluded the church from the party.


In fact, churches were closed, and religious persecution was the policy of the government. Many priests were shot as traitors, and people possessing Bibles were heavily fined or imprisoned. As a result, the Catholic Church suspended all religious ceremonies and sponsored the Cristeros rebellion in Western Mexico. The majority of priests fled the country or left the church. It is against this backdrop that the action of The Power and the Glory takes place. In the novel, there is religious persecution in some provinces of Mexico, whereas in others, priests are safe.

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