Latour sets out to impart a disciplined approach to Catholicism in the Southwest

Latour sets out to impart a disciplined approach to Catholicism in the Southwest

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Unformatted text preview: Latour sets out to impart a disciplined approach to Catholicism in the Southwest, meeting resistance from Padre Gallegos in Albuquerque, Padre Antonio Jose Martinez of Taos, and Padre Lucero of Arroyo Hondo. Gallegos is a hedonistic glutton and gambler, Martinez a promiscuous libertine, and Lucero a greedy liar. It takes Latour nearly a year to travel from Ohio to New Mexico, traveling down the Mississippi River to New Orleans, and then on to Galveston by steamboat. He loses most of his possessions in Galveston, when the steamboat is wrecked, but continues to travel by land across Texas and into the New Mexico territory with a mare and a pack mule. Upon arriving in Santa Fe, the Mexican priests refuse to acknowledge Latour's authority. In order to clarify the matter with the Archbishop of Durango, Latour sets out on a 3,000-mile journey. On his clarify the matter with the Archbishop of Durango, Latour sets out on a 3,000-mile journey....
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