Author Archives: John Donaghy

About John Donaghy

lay missioner with the Catholic diocese of Santa Rosa de Copán, Honduras, since June 2007, helping in the parish of Dulce Nombre de María.

Aparecida 60 – Economics and Globalization

As part of their effort to “see” the reality of Latin America, before judging, and making proposals for action, the bishops examine the economy. The bishops see the economic situation of Latin America and the Caribbean in the light of … Continue reading

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Aparecida 59 – New Immigrants to Latin America

The Spanish, the French, and the English were the earliest but not the only groups to come to Latin America and the Caribbean. Paragraph 59 seems to be referring to other groups that have come and brought their cultures to … Continue reading

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Aparecida 58 – The Challenge of Urbanization

Paragraph 58 treats what the bishops see as a major challenge to the cultures of Latin America – urbanization. The growing urbanization of Latin American brings major cultural challenges, in particular as people move in from the countryside to the … Continue reading

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Aparecida 57 – Clash of Cultures

In paragraph 57, the bishops at Aparecida suggest that the cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean offer antidotes to the “globalized” culture with its emphasis in individualism and consumerism. These cultures coexist under unequal conditions alongside the so-called globalized … Continue reading

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Aparecida 56 – Cultural Diversity

Though many of us in the US may consider think of Latin Americans as all the same, the bishops at Aparecida are insistent on the cultural diversity of Latin America and the Caribbean which they as a wealth that can … Continue reading

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Aparecida 52-55: Positive Aspects of Cultural Change

The critique of cultural change with its emphasis on individualism has been strong, yet the bishops see that recent cultural changes also have some positive aspects. In paragraph 52, they write:  Among the positive aspects of this cultural change is … Continue reading

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Aparecida 51: Consumerism and Youth

According to UNICEF, 20% of the population in Latin America are between 15 and 24 years old, the highest proportion in the region’s history. Concern for youth is not new for the Latin American bishops. Their ground-breaking Medellin conference in … Continue reading

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Aparecida 50: The Market and Unleashing of Desires

In the past few months the world has heard much from Pope Francis on the greed of the market. We should not be surprised that his statements reflect what was written in the Aparecida document, since he was involved in … Continue reading

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Aparecida 48-49: Women

Throughout the Aparecida document the bishops will turn to questions related to women. Paragraphs 48 and 49 treat women with two different approaches. First of all, the bishops are aware of the precarious situation of women in Latin America, as … Continue reading

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Aparecida 47: Human Rights

Catholic teaching on human rights is very different from the common understanding of human rights in the United States, where rights are often seen in terms of only civil and political rights which are concentrated on giving freedom to the … Continue reading

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Aparecida 46: The New Colonization: Individualism

Imposition of alien artificial cultures is an ongoing theme: On a mass level, one may note a kind of new cultural colonization by the imposition of artificial cultures, spurning local cultures and tending to impose a uniform culture in all … Continue reading

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Aparecida 45: The Market and Science

Throughout the Aparecida document there is a continuing strong indictment of the role of the market, profitability, and functionality in determining the worth of persons and things. These are themes that we have heard recently from Pope Francis. Yet, the … Continue reading

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Aparecida 44: The Secularization of Culture

The secularization of culture has come late to Latin America. Though most of the governments claim to be secular (laico), this designation comes from nineteenth century liberalism. (Note “liberal” in this sense means “freedom from”; US liberals and conservatives are … Continue reading

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Aparecida 43: Cultural diversity, without synthesis

With paragraph 43, the bishops begin their analysis of the socio-cultural situation, specifically discussing globalization’s effect on culture. This analysis continues to paragraph 51. Accordingly, social reality, which in its contemporary thrust we describe with the word “globalization,” impacts more … Continue reading

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Aparecida 41-42: Christ and Meaning

In face of the challenges to meaning the bishops offer Christ and discipleship as the key to responding. They see Christ as the key to providing a center for a culture that they see as disintegrating. Discipleship is again connected … Continue reading

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