Guillermo Schulenburg

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Guillermo von Schulenburg Prado, often referred to simply as Guillermo Schulenburg, (June 12, 1916 – July 19, 2009) was the abbot of the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City from 1963 to 1996. He was the subject of a scandal in 1996, during the beatification of St. Juan Diego, because he opposed Juan Diego's canonization saying that it would be "recognition of a cult."[1] He was also quoted by the magazine Ixthus as saying that Juan Diego was "a symbol, not a reality."[2] The then-80-year-old Abbot Schulenburg retired one month after the scandal.[3]


  1. ^ Sullivan, Kevin. "Myth Versus Miracle. Debate Rages Over Canonization." Washington Post Foreign Service, February 5, 2002 [1], accessed 2 December 2006
  2. ^ Daily Catholic. December 7, 1999. [,vol.10,no.232txt/dec7nv4.htm], accessed November 30, 2006
  3. ^ Dillon, Sam. "Doubting Keeper of Mexico's Guadalupe Shrine is Stepping Down." New York Times, 8 September 1996, p. 19