Graham Greene: The Power and the Glory (2642 words)


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The central theme of Graham Greene’s famous novel The Power and the Glory (1940) has its origin in the conflict between the Mexican State and the Catholic Church which intensified around the human rights of Catholics. The new revolutionary constitution of 1917 drastically limited the power and influence of the Catholic Church, its priests and congregations. Henceforth only secular education could take place in schools. Monasteries were closed, their monks dispersed. Pilgrimages were banned and church properties seized. The basic civil rights of the clergy were removed; they were denied the right to vote, and their public voice was silenced. It was a license for persecution. Under President Calles (1924-8), a period of …

Citation: Early, Patrick. "The Power and the Glory". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 May 2020 [, accessed 21 September 2020.]

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