The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948 Page: 38
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revolutionary forces entered Monterrey in mid-January, 1811,
and Bishop Marin de Porras fled northward. He is said to have
gone to Camargo, where he remained in hiding for some time.
During this period of hiding, he is said to have been the moving
spiritual and moral force behind Ignacio Elizondo, who captured
Ignacio Allende and Hidalgo at the wells of Bajin on March 2o,
1811. The bishop was supposed to have secretly visited Elizondo
and to have induced him to aid in the capture of the revolution-
ary leaders."8 Some deny that the bishop had any part in the acts
of Elizondo on the assumption that the bishop would not stoop to
treachery to achieve his purpose.49 It might be pointed out in
passing that such an act of the bishop would not have been
treachery. He was unalterably opposed to the insurgents. He
had issued the sentence of excommunication against all insur-
gents and against those who aided them by word or deed. Surely
he would not have hesitated to use every possible means to bring
the insurgents and especially their leaders to justice. To do so
would, in his sight, have been the greatest service that he could
render his king and his God.
Whether or not the bishop remained hidden for several months
in the north, he did go to Mexico City. There on June 2, 1811,
in the imperial convent of San Francisco, he blessed the royal
banners of the infantry regiment made up of businessmen of
Mexico City."0 It is probable that he spent some time in Mexico
City during 1811.
Little is known of his activities after 1811. He returned to his
diocese and continued his labors there.?" During 1811, he sent
a messenger to bring Father Antonio Gutierrez de Lara to Mon-
terrey to answer for his activities in favor of the insurgents.
Father Gutierrez succeeded in escaping from his escort and re-
mained hidden in the mountains of Tamaulipas until 1814. The
father finally tired of the difficult life, and on March 31, 1814,
4RGonzAlez, Obras completas, II, 496; Santiago Roel, Nuevo Leon Apuntes His-
toricos, I, 96-97.
40Vito Alessio Robles, Coahuila y Texas en la dpoca colonial (Mexico, D.E,
soDiario de Mdxico, XIV, 651.
51Jos6 Ger6nimo Cacha to Josh Miguel Sanchez Navarro, Saltillo, August 25,
1813, in Sanchez-Navarro Papers at the University of Texas.
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