Religious Politics in Latin America
Pentecostal vs.Catholic

 

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Religious Politics in Latin America
Pentecostal vs.Catholic

by Brian H. Smith (Author)

 

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ISBN: 9780268016623

 

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This is a survey of religious and political developments in Latin American Christianity, especially in the rapidly growing Pentecostal churches and in Catholicism. Pentecostalism and Catholicism have many shared concerns, and a coalition between their leaders could have an impact on public policy.


Brian H. Smith's book surveys recent religious and political developments in Latin American Christianity, especially in the rapidly growing Pentecostal churches and in Catholicism. He finds that despite efforts by the Vatican to make the Latin American Church less involved in politics (in the wake of liberation theology) by the papal appointment of a whole new generation of conservative bishops since 1980, Catholicism is still very much a political force throughout the region. Catholic bishops, in spite of their conservative religious ideology, have felt obligated to preach the social doctrine of the Church and have vigorously denounced new economic models for enriching a minority of the population at the cost of the majority who are poor. Bishops also have denounced corruption in governments that has grown to epidemic proportions in recent years, and have strongly opposed legislative proposals that are anti-Catholic. Regardless of these efforts by Catholic prelates to maintain government support for the Church's institutions and its traditional moral concerns in law, Protestantism especially in Pentecostal denominations among low-income sectors has grown at a significant rate in the past twenty years."


 

ISBN 268016623
ISBN13 9780268016623
Publisher University of Notre Dame Press
Format Paperback
Publication date 31/08/1998
Pages 136
Weight (grammes) 181
Published in United States
Height (mm) 230
Width (mm) 141