Part 2 Chapter 3
Within the jail cell, the priest finds himself in the dark surrounded by others on the ground. He can hear the sounds of sex in the room but it is too dark to discern where it is coming from. The prisoners begin talking about priests and most put all of their misdeeds and misfortunes on them. The priest reveals himself as what he is and he admits to all of his sins, such as an illegitimate child, his drinking, and his fear of death.
One prisoner tells him that he doesn’t have to worry about any of them turning him in as none of them are interested in the state’s blood money. One woman, who was arrested for carrying religious items, feels she shouldn’t be in the same room as the other prisoners.
The priest tries to explain to her that they are all roughly equal and even the most ugly misdeed can contain beauty, but this doesn’t impress the woman. She claims that she’ll tell the church authorities about him and his ways, but the priest doesn’t care.
When the priest wakes up, the police take everyone out of the jail cell but ask the priest to clean the waste from the rooms. He does so and, upon entering one cell, notices that the occupant is the mestizo. He tries to ignore him when he starts talking but he is forced to reply after a while, causing the mestizo to realise who he is.
He then states that he isn’t worth bringing in anymore as he is already in jail. Just then, the lieutenant arrives. He doesn’t recognise the priest and instead asks him where he plans to go. The priest replies ‘god knows’ and the lieutenant states that god knows nothing. He then takes pity on the priest and gives him five pesos before letting him go.
The Power and The Glory
During a vicious persecution of the clergy in Mexico, a worldly priest, the ‘whisky priest’, is on the run. With the police closing in, his routes of escape are being shut off, his chances getting fewer. But compassion and humanity force him along the road to his destiny, reluctant to abandon those who need him, and those he cares for.