Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

The Rise of Charismatic Catholicism in Latin America

Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

The Rise of Charismatic Catholicism in Latin America

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The Rise of Charismatic Catholicism in Latin America.

By Edward L. Cleary. Gainesville: Univ. Press of Florida, 2011. Pp. xiii, 309. $74.95.

In the last four decades significant changes have taken place in Latin American religion. In the 1970s and 1980s scholars of Latin American Christianity devoted much of their energy to analyzing the importance of the new theology of liberation. In the 1990s scholarly attention shifted to the astonishing growth of Pentecostal Protestantism, with some pundits predicting that within a few decades more Latin Americans would be Protestant

than Catholic. Now Edward Cleary, a well-respected, seasoned commentator on Latin American religion who has been in the forefront in explaining both liberation theology and Pentecostalism to North American audiences, has broken new ground with The Rise of Charismatic Catholicism in Latin America.

Cleary points out that, while 35 million Latin Americans were turning to Pentecostalism in the last few decades, more than twice that number had joined the ranks of the Catholic charismatic movement. Indeed, so successful has this movement been that today there are more Catholic charismatics in Latin America than in any other region of the world. …

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