Unification and Conflict. The Church Politics of Alonso de Montúfar OP, Archbishop of Mexico, 1554-1572.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (monograph)

Abstract

This dissertation focuses on Archbishop Alonso de Montúfar OP (ca. 1489-1572). It seeks to explore two decades of sixteenth century Mexican Church History mainly through the study of documents found in Spanish and Mexican archives. Born outside Granada in Southern Spain, just after the conquest from the Muslims, Alonso de Montúfar assumed teaching and leading positions within the Dominican order. After more than forty years as a friar, Montúfar was elected archbishop of Mexico and resided there from 1554 until his death eighteen years later.

From the 1520s onwards, many missionaries went from Spain to Mexico in order to christianise the native inhabitants and to administer the church’s sacraments to them. Many of the missionaries were members of three mendicant orders: the Franciscans, the Dominicans, and the Augustinians.

Alonso de Montúfar’s time as archbishop can be seen as a period of transition and a time that was filled with disputes on how the church in Mexico should be organised in the future. Montúfar wanted to strengthen the role of the bishops in the church organisation. He also wanted to improve the finances of the diocesan church and promote a large number of secular clerics to work in the Indian ministry. All this meant that he became involved in prolonged and very animated disputes with the friars, the members of the cathedral chapter, and the viceroy of Mexico.

One chapter of this dissertation is devoted to a detailed study of Archbishop Montúfar’s role in the early cult of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Tepeyac, which today has become of the most important Marian devotions in the world.

Details

Authors
  • Magnus Lundberg
Organisations
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Philosophy, Ethics and Religion

Keywords

  • Kristen teologi (allmän, systematic and practical Christian theology, General, New Spain, Alonso de Montúfar, Mexico, Mission, Missionary Methods, Roman Catholic Church, Religious Orders, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Cathedral Chapters, systematisk och praktisk)
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor
Awarding Institution
Supervisors/Assistant supervisor
  • [unknown], [unknown], Supervisor, External person
Award date2002 Jun 1
Publisher
  • Swedish Institute of Missionary Research
Print ISBNs91-85424-69-2
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

Defence details Date: 2002-06-01 Time: 10:15 Place: Samarkand, Akademiska Föreningen External reviewer(s) Name: Anrup, Roland Title: Doc Affiliation: Birkbeck College, University of London ---