What follows is a short entry on what is an ongoing topic here...the unique distinctives of Mexican Roman Catholicism. If you didn't catch the other posts, click the links that follow.
Pope John Paul II and Formal Recognition
These two often competing religious systems (Roman Catholicism and were formally recognized as complementary only recently, when Pope John Paul II beatified the peasant Juan Diego in 1990, and later canonized him in 2002. Many historians, including several notable Catholic historians, were severely critical of the Pope’s decision, citing a total lack of verifiable evidence to prove that Juan Diego ever lived. Juan Diego, according to Mexican tradition and Mexican Catholic lore, saw several apparitions of the Virgin of Guadalupe in 1531. Initially, several different dates were given for these apparitions, dating from 1521 to 1590, but 1531 was the year eventually accepted.
Pope John Paul II would have liked to see Rome declare Mary as co-redeemer next to and equal to Christ in the work of redemption. Mary had a special and essential part in God’s redemptive work, those in favor of such a degree claim. She too was born without original sin, immaculately conceived, and she never died, but was received bodily into heaven (the assumption of Mary). All of these statements have been declared dogma by the Catholic church over the years.