THE AMERICAS: The Material Things of Life

Roman Catholics of South America and those of North America approach their faith from highly different points of view. So says Jesuit Theologian Gustave Weigel of Woodstock College, who taught at Chile's Universidad Catolica from 1937 to 1948. Writing in Notre Dame's Review of Politics, Weigel says that the Northerner believes that "life is for work, with the work occasionally interrupted with leisure so that future work be more efficient." To the Latino, "life is for leisure, interrupted occasionally with work so that leisure itself be possible." Latin American students in U.S. Roman Catholic universities, says Jesuit Weigel. are...

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