THE AMERICAS: Church v. Dictatorships

In Cuba's Sierra Maestra mountains last week, a Roman Catholic priest lived with and ministered to the band of rebels led by Fidel Castro. In Colombia a cardinal of the church heard the warm praise extended by a people who regard him as a ranking hero of the revolution that tossed out Dictator Gustavo Rojas Pinilla. From Cuba to Argentina, the church is taking a critical look at its old role as friend of the top dog and is often charting a new, antidictatorial course.

In official church doctrine the change is rooted in...

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