Based on periodicals and pamphlets of the time, this article analyzes the political repertories that the Ecuadorian clergy deployed in the dispute for the secularization in post-García Ecuador between 1875 and 1905. After the murder of Gabriel García Moreno, in 1875, there was a drive of wavering intensity around the maintenance or dismantling of the legacy of the Catholic leader of a confessional State consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The clergy deployed a set of means of resistance to the efforts towards secularization, including excommunication, politicized processions, armed struggle, ecclesiastical censorship, electoral participation and interdiction. These records were gathered from three focal points: the liberal dictatorship of Ignacio de Veintemilla; the gradual secularization of progressive governments and the liberal revolution of Eloy Alfaro.
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