Mexico's new government will be asked by the Church to restore full religious freedom.
Auxiliary Bishop Abelardo Alvarado Alcantara of Mexico City, general secretary of the Mexican bishops' conference, said the Church was not looking for privileges on the election of Vicente Fox Quesada.
Fox, 58, of the National Action Party, defeated the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which had ruled Mexico since 1929. During his campaign, he promised to ease restrictions on Catholic schools and on religious activity in public schools.
Bishop Alvarado said: "We do desire that there be religious teaching, not precisely in the schools, but rather that there be an awareness of the necessity to educate in religious and moral values.
"We are not asking for this at this time, but it is up to the society, parents and the executive and legislative branches to decide in their time."