Roman Catholics: Reaction & Reform in Colombia

For many Roman Catholics, the decrees of the Second Vatican Council constitute an open-end charter for the church to tackle such human problems as hunger, illiteracy and social justice. Nonetheless, there are also conservative bishops and laymen who cautiously question the kind of Christian action that upsets the political and economic status quo. Last week the tension between Catholic reform and Catholic reaction reached a dramatic climax in the Colombian town of Donmatias, where a parish priest had challenged his bishop in the name of Vatican II.

Two years ago, Father Abelardo...

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