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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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What Support?

Jimmy Mac’s archbishop is taking heat for attending a political rally. In turn, he offers a challenge to those who think his participation is imprudent: Cordileone also turned the tables on his critics, claiming that “there is plenty of offensive … 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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Hosting

As I type, Brazil has equalized against a spirited Croatia. But the bishops of the host nation are greatly displeased with their government and sport organizers. Are there enough oligarchs, the Brazilian 1%, to fill these new stadiums? Will the … Continue reading

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The Public Arena of a Courtroom Deposition

RNS has had a piece or two on Archbishop Robert Carlson’s deposition. Last month he gave testimony in court. Monday this week it was released. I read some pages into the conversation, then stopped. The archbishop finds himself negatively newsworthy because … 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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Aparecida 40: The Ideology of Gender Reconsidered

Since I wrote earlier on paragraph 40 of the Aparecida document on the ideology of gender, I came across an essay of  Carlos Ayala Ramírez, a theologian and the director of YSUCA, the radio station of the Central American University … Continue reading

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Can Survivors and Allies Disagree?

Lots of speculation online today about the “three bishops.” Mark Silk is convinced one must be Robert Finn, my ordinary until I left the diocese in 2008. Another speculator, Josephine McKenna, considers Scotland, Poland, and Chile. Predictably, SNAP higher-ups have … Continue reading

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A Liturgical Metaphor And Cynicism

From the mouth of Pope Francis, and it seems especially apt for American Catholics these days: A priest who does this betrays the Body of the Lord, because this priest must lead this child, this boy, this girl, to sanctity, … Continue reading

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