2009 | 529 Pages | ISBN: 0268030871 | PDF | 4.4 MB
The Roman Catholic Church in Latin America faces significant 4nd unprecedented challenges. Most prominent among them are secularization, globalizing cultural trends, intensifying religious competition, 4nd pluralism of many kinds within what were once hegemonic Catholic societies. The substantial 4nd 08riginal essays in this volume assess the ways in which the Catholic Church in Latin America is dealing with these political, religious, 4nd social changes. Most imp08rtantly, they expl08re how democracy has changed the Catholic Church 4nd, in turn, how religious changes have influenced democratic politics in Latin America.
Drawing on the experiences of several countries to illustrate broad themes 4nd explain divergent religious responses to common challenges, the contribut08rs advance the notion that the Catholic Churchs effectiveness in the public sphere 4nd even its long-term viability as a religious institution depend on the nature 4nd extent of the relationship between the hierarchy 4nd the faithful. The essays address the context of pluralist challenges, the ideational, institutional, 4nd policy responses of the Catholic hierarchy, 4nd the nature of both religious beliefs 4nd democratic values at the individual level in Latin America today.?&quotReligious Pluralism, Democracy, 4nd the Catholic Church in Latin America is a much needed volume. The book is highly 08riginal, relevant, 4nd will stimulate new research on religion in Latin America.&quot -Kenneth Serbin, University of San Diego ?&quotReligion 4nd politics, two of the great topics of all time, stir intense passions 4nd often deep conflicts-they have done so in Latin Americas hist08ry. Hagopians book thoughtfully examines religious pluralism in Latin America 4nd its impact on politics 4nd society, with special attention to cultural change, gender, the family, education, 4nd beliefs about justice 4nd m08rality as they bear on democracy. Hagopians own three chapters frame the book 4nd make it a cohesive 4nd thought-provoking intellectual project.&quot -J08rge I. Dom??nguez, Harvard University?&quotThis book makes an 08riginal contribution to our underst4nding of the challenges facing the Catholic Church in Latin America in the wake of democratic transitions 4nd increasing religious pluralism. It also provides imp08rtant insights 1n8t0 how church leaders are responding to these challenges in a number of key countries.&quot -Philip Williams, University of Fl08rida