Church and State in the Modern Age: A Documentary History

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To encourage and favor the efforts of the people to create and develop their own grass-roots organizations for the redress and consolidation of their rights and the search for true justice. . . .

To urge a halt and revision in many of our countries of the arms race. . . . The struggle against misery is the true war that our nations should face. . . .

To denounce the unjust action of world powers that works against selfdetermination of weaker nations who must suffer the bloody consequences of war and invasion, and to ask competent international organizations for effective and decisive procedures.

Source: Second General Conference of Latin American Bishops, The Church in the Present- Day Transformation of Latin America in the Light of the Council ( Washington, D.C., 1973), pp. 61-65.


SUGGESTIONS FOR BACKGROUND AND REFERENCE

P. Berryman, Liberation Theology: Essential Facts about the Revolutionary Movement in Latin America ( New York, 1986).

L. Boff, Ecclesiogenesis: The Base Communities Reinvent the Church ( Maryknoll, N.Y., 1986).

E. L. Cleary, Crisis and Change: The Church in Latin America Today ( Maryknoll, N.Y., 1985).

J. L. Mecham, Church and State in Latin America: A History of Politico-Ecclesiastical Relations ( Chapel Hill, N.C., 1969).

D. E. Mutchler, The Church as a Political Factor in Latin America ( New York, 1971).

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Puebla Conference of Latin American Bishops (Extracts) February 1979

Criticism of liberation theology and the Medellín documents became more spirited in the 1970s and coincided with other conservative currents in Latin America. Unsettlement over Vatican II decisions, economic recession and political unrest, fear of communism, and the rise of reactionary military regimes in prominent states muted the impact of the Medellín message. The cautious mood was also evident in the choice in 1972 of Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, a Columbian conservative, as secretarygeneral of CELAM, the organization of the Latin American episcopate.

Preparation for the Third General Conference of Bishops at Puebla, Mexico, reflected these trends. The preliminary document issued by the

From Puebla and Beyond Copyright © 1979 by the United States Catholic Conference, Inc., 3211 Fourth Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20017-1194 and are used with permission. All rights reserved.

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