It is these ordering capabilities that Latour brings with him to New Mexico

It is these ordering capabilities that Latour brings with him to New Mexico

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It is these ordering capabilities that Latour brings with him to New Mexico; a territory that is untamed  and consists of several different cultures. His first responsibility is to restore the precepts of the  Catholic Church to a diocese that has backslid into such disorderly conduct as corrupt and  promiscuous priests and such neglected Catholic sacraments as baptism, confirmation, and  marriage. The situation is explained in the Prologue: "This country was evangelized in fifteen  hundred, by the Franciscan Fathers. It has been allowed to drift for nearly three hundred years and is  not yet dead. It still keeps the forms of religion without instruction." According to critic John H. Randall III, "The emphasis in this passage is on forms, on guidance, on  discipline; what is wanted is ritual and the ordering of life which ritual brings with it." Latour is the 
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