Latin America: New Spirit in the Church

Those in Latin America who argue the need for widespread social changes used to regard the Roman Catholic Church as an enemy or a neutral —certainly not as an ally. But in several Latin American countries the late Pope John's influence — and in particular his 1961 encyclical Mater et Magistra, calling for social justice — set off a new spirit of reform and social action in the church.

No Time to Delay. In Colombia, though the church hierarchy remains magisterially conservative in the person of 71-year-old Luis Cardinal Concha Córdoba, priests have led peasant pro tests, organized community stores to...

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