Category Archives: Guest Writers

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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Aparecida 73 – Migration

Not too many years ago, most of the Latin American population lived in rural areas. Currently almost 80% live in urban areas. There are a few exceptions, including Guatemala (50.5% rural), Honduras (48.4% rural) and Haiti (47.9% rural). But Brazil has … Continue reading

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Aparecida 72 – Farming

In a short paragraph on farming, 72, the bishops emphasize the poverty of small farmers which is exacerbated by the inequity in the distribution of land. Most small farmers suffer from poverty, made worse by the fact that they do … Continue reading

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Aparecida 71 – Employment

Another real problem in Latin America and the Caribbean is the lack of employment or of sufficient employment. In paragraph 71, the bishops note the importance of this factor. The economically active population of the region is affected by underemployment … Continue reading

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Aparecida 70 – The Plague of Corruption

Corruption is one of the principal problems in Latin America, especially in countries like Honduras and Haiti. A good source for analysis of the issue world wide is Transparency International. Thus an economic analysis of Latin America and the Caribbean … Continue reading

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