Format Books
Manuscripts/Mixed Material
Contributors Philip II
Dates 1578
Location Mexico
Mexico City
Language Castilian
Subjects 16th Century
Catholic Church
Church History
Indians of Mexico
Kings and Rulers
Mexico City
Moya De Contreras, Pedro
Philip II letter, 1578 Dec. 2.
Contributor Names
Philip II, King of Spain, 1527-1598.
Subject Headings
-  Moya de Contreras, Pedro,--approximately 1530-1591
-  Catholic Church--Missions--Mexico
-  Catholic Church--Bishops--Mexico
-  Bishops--Mexico--Mexico City
-  Indians of Mexico--Missions
-  Mexico--Church history--16th century
-  Spain--Kings and rulers
-  King of Spain.
-  ALS, written in Madrid, to Pedro Moya de Contreras, Archbishop of Mexico. Philip II complains to the Archbishop of Mexico City about his practice of appointing monolingual priests to Indian benefices. Philip had previously ordered the archbishop not to appoint clergy unskilled in Indian tongues. Despite the king's command, the archbishop had still allowed many monolingual priests to hold Indian benefices. At best, these ill-prepared priests had memorized formulae and phrases from standard works, but they were in no way bilingual. The king orders this and similar practices to halt so that the genuine conversion and the reformation of the Indians can occur. Counter-signed by the King's secretary, Antonio de Eraso.
-  Collection open for research.
-  In Spanish.
-  Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.
-  Provenance: Gift of Jay I. Kislak Foundation. DLC
1 p.
Call Number
Kislak MS 091
Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Division Jay I. Kislak Collection dcu (Acc. 1993.220.00.0001)
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