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An acknowledged disciple of Thomas More, Quiroga also had been indirectly influenced by Abbot Joachim through a text by St. Antonino of Florence that he interpreted in the following way. The church was bound to age and decay, but from its ruins a newborn church would rise, guided by reformed pastors called upon to rebuild it among these Indians, who were closer to the golden age than their European counterparts concerned exclusively with power, pomp, and riches. 4 Like him, the Franciscans in New Spain also dreamed of creating a church made up of poor and humble Indians separated from the reach of the greedy settlers.

An acknowledged disciple of Thomas More, Quiroga also had been indirectly influenced by Abbot Joachim through a text by St. Antonino of Florence that he interpreted in the following way. The church was bound to age and decay, but from its ruins a newborn church would rise, guided by reformed pastors called upon to rebuild it among these Indians, who were closer to the golden age than their European counterparts concerned exclusively with power, pomp, and riches. 4 Like him, the Franciscans in New Spain also dreamed of creating a church made up of poor and humble Indians separated from the reach of the greedy settlers.

Quite logically, therefore, the Spanish conquest was seen as an apocalyptic catastrophe duly integrated within the traditional perception of time. This is, at any rate, what may be read in the indigenous accounts of the conquest. According to their astrological calculations and their omens, the fifth sun of the Aztecs was about to disappear. Thus the increase of human sacrifices in order to preserve a threatened cosmic order. Had not Quetzalc6atl, the civilizing hero-god, returned under the features of Cortes?

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