Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies

Workshop: “Father Pérez's Revolution: Constitutional Catholicism in Mexico,” by Matthew Butler, University of Texas at Austin

Mon, April 22, 2019 | GAR 4.100

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

"This paper grows out of my manuscript-in-progress, 'Father Pérez's Revolution: Constitutional Catholicism in Modern Mexico,'" writes Professor Butler. "The paper argues that Mexico possesses a strong tradition of what I call 'constitutional' Catholicism, meaning a religion that is theologically Catholic but ecclesiologically independent of Rome. I argue that this tradition developed and flourished in 18C and 19C Mexico, and was then reprised as part of the Mexican Revolution. The existence of this tradition suggests that Mexico, like other Latin American countries, possesses a particular notion of religious liberty premissed on the idea of a Mexican civic and religious constitution."

Matthew Butler is Associate Professor in Latin American History at UT Austin. He gained his PhD in 2000 from the University of Bristol, and came to UT via a postdoc at the University of Cambridge and a post as Assistant Professor in Latin American Studies at Queen's University Belfast. He is the author of "Popular Piety and Political Identity in Mexico's Cristero Rebellion, 1927-1929" and editor or coeditor of five volumes on Mexican religious and agrarian history as well as the author of numerous articles, most recently in Hispanic American Historical Review. He is finishing a manuscript for University of New Mexico Press on indepenent Catholicism in Mexico. He is a Fellow at IHS in 2018-2019.

Read more about Dr. Butler and his work at:

Virginia Garrard
Professor of History and Religious Studies, and
Director, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections
The University of Texas at Austin

Free and open to the public. RSVP required. To RSVP and receive a copy of the pre-circulated paper, please email by 9 a.m., Friday, March 29.

Sponsored by: Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History

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