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Rebellious NunsThe Troubled History of a Mexican Convent, 1752-1863$
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Margaret Chowning

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182217

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182217.001.0001

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“To live happily and in peace within…their enclosure”

“To live happily and in peace within…their enclosure”

Changing Relationships among Bishops, Abbesses, and Nuns, 1772–1792

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Rebellious Nuns

Margaret Chowning

Oxford University Press

After Phelipa de San Antonio and her allies' power within the convent had been minimized, abbesses and bishops attempted to find ways for the nuns in the La Purísima convent to be content or at least be at peace while complying with their constitution. Such measures involved lessening the strictness in enforcing the Rule, employing flexibility, allowing the nuns to participate in their own government, relaxing the construal of the vow of poverty, and even providing nuns with special privileges. These measures, however, were faced by certain challenges as broad changes introduced by viceroyalty affected ecclesiastical policy on convents. This chapter looks into how the vida común reforms, particular policies that governed the convent and the bishopric, and other such factors, aided in deterring instances of open rebellion during what was left of the colonial period.

Keywords:   Phelipa de San Antonio, the Rule, vida común, ecclesiastical policy, viceroyalty, colonial period

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