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About the Mexican National Catholic Church
In the year 1688 the Archdiocese of Guanajuato was declared by the holy father to be a minor see. the same status as Utrecht and Canterbury. When Vatican 1 came along The bishop walked out of the meeting, then a further separation occurred in 1920 in the Mexican revolution when the see was attacked by papally funded troops of the Italian Cardinal in Mexico City. The legitimate Bishop of Mexico fled to the hills to fight with the Rebels. He continued to Ordain Priests and to Consecrate Bishops even though an illegitimate bishop was installed in Mexico to replace him. The Cardinal was on the side of the Federal army. The Roman Catholic bishops of Taumalipas, Coahuilla, and Guanajuato formed an army to defend against the land grabbing Cardinal and federals, Their army included the famous Cristeros . The division of the North led by outlaw Pancho Villa, the division of the South led by Emiliano Zapata, the groups defeated the Federal and Cardinal's armies at Guanajuato. The entire Roman Catholic clergy and it's cardinal was expelled from Mexico for 4 years. They fled into various countries. Rome later ratified and legitimized the illegitimate bishop.
The Mexican National Catholic Church was begun during the Mexican Revolution and is is the outgrowth of the Original Legitimate Bishop's efforts to preserve the Catholic Church in Mexico.. The Mexican Government assisted as first in the formation of a National Catholic church. They funded the operation of the seminaries and they allied with Archbishop +Carfora of Chicago who sent priests to assist in the training of new clergy.
Money always comes along and changes the new ways back to the old. The new Mexican Government asked the Vatican for reparation money for it's involvement in the revolution. Rome agreed with the allowance of it's clergy to return to their former positions. slowly all the diocese's became once again Roman Catholic under the command of the pope except Guanajuato. Their bishop held out and elected it's on successor who was co-consecrated by Archbishop Carlos Duarte Costa in 1948, +Carfora and the Roman bishop of Guanajuato. Bishop Eduardo Rodriguez stood alone as the lone Mexican native primate. He was invited to Vatican 2 where he made friends with Pope John XXI who personally regularized his orders. Bishop Rodriguez attended and voted at the council. The pope granted him, as a sign of reconciliation the title of Archbishop of Guanajuato. The Vatican Cardinals opposed the papal grant. The bishop while still kneeling before the supreme pontiff asked may this see retain it's right of succession, the Holy Father simply said, "Granted". It has stuck to this day. The only bishop in Guanajuato is the MNCC bishop. Rome has no bishop there. It is one of the only stand alone apostolic see's. We must protect this awesome gift. We are a living piece of history.
The Mexican National Catholic Church is well established throughout the world and functions as a Catholic Church. The Mexican National Catholic Church or MNCC name is preserved out of Respect for the Bravery of our founding Bishop and our Historical Roots.
Individuals do not need to be Mexican to belong to the Mexican National Catholic Church; i.e. members of the Roman Catholic Church are not necessarily Romans. Independent Catholicism is closely related to other communities that became separate from Rome. These communities are growing throughout the world. There are over five million independent Catholics in Brazil and nearly three million in the Independent Catholic Church of the Philippines. Other Catholic communities of this movement are called by various names such as the American Old Catholic Church, the Old Roman Catholic Church, and the National Polish Catholic Church, from which the late Pope John Paul II was a part of.
The MNCC is able to trace its Apostolic roots back to the original Apostles and has maintained a faithful adherence to the Gospel of Jesus Christ as expressed through Apostolic Tradition. We actively participate in the sacramental ministry of the historic Catholic Church. The seven Sacraments of the historic Catholic Church are affirmed and practiced.
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