Category Archives: 2007 Aparecida document

Aparecida 81 – Conflicts

The 1980s and 1990s witnessed the peaceful end of armed conflicts in parts of Latin America. The bishops note this in paragraph 81: While peace agreements have been achieved in some countries and longstanding conflicts have been resolved, in others … Continue reading

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Aparecida 79-80 – Situations of Injustice

In paragraphs 79 and 80, we find a very brief analysis of the political situation in terms of unjust laws and violations of human rights. In paragraph 79, the bishops show that are keenly aware of the difference between justice … Continue reading

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Aparecida 78 – Violence

In paragraph 78, the bishops note the rise in violence in the region. Social life, in harmonious and peaceful coexistence, is deteriorating very seriously in many Latin American and Caribbean countries, due to the rise in violence, which takes the … Continue reading

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Aparecida 77 – More On Corruption

Paragraph 70 treated corruption in the context of economics. In paragraph 77, the context is the political. The bishops note how corruption has affected all branches of the government: A major negative factor observable in much of the region is … Continue reading

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Aparecida 76 – Democracy and Social Justice

International financial institutions often place conditions on aid or loans, including “structural adjustments” that at times demand the privatization of public services, the removal of subsidies for basic needs, as well as other conditions that weaken the states’ role in … Continue reading

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Aparecida 75 – Civil Society

Participatory democracy involves more than voting in elections. The bishops see the importance of organized groups that are not part of the government, what is often called civil society. These play a role similar to the “intermediate institutions” that Alexis … Continue reading

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Aparecida 74 – Democracy and Authoritarianism

Continuing their analysis of the reality of Latin American and the Caribbean, the bishops turn to the “sociopolitical dimension, ” an analysis which I find rather optimistic. They first treat what they call “authoritarian regimes” in paragraph 74. The Latin … Continue reading

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