Category Archives: Guest Writers

Aparecida 67 – Free Trade Agreements and More

A short paragraph, 67, expresses the concern for the effects of “free trade agreements” and other pressures on Latin America countries. This paragraph reflects some serious questions that have arisen, but it merely mentions them without doing a detailed analysis. … Continue reading

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Aparacida 66 – Financial Institutions and the Environment

In paragraph 66, the bishops start with an analysis of the growing power of transnational financial institutions and companies to the detriment of the governments in Latin America. Thus development programs are at risk. Financial institutions and transnational companies are … Continue reading

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Aparecida 64-65 – A Different Globalization

In the middle of this critique of a globalization based on competition and profit as ultimate values, the bishops in paragraph 64 call for a different type of globalization, which has sometimes been called a “globalization of solidarity.” Hence, faced … Continue reading

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Aparecida 63 – Small and Medium Businesses

The bishops in paragraph 63, note the importance of small and medium businesses. Though Catholic Social Teaching is very critical of large concentrations of land and wealth – a tradition that goes back to early fathers of the church such … Continue reading

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Aparecida 62 – Globalization and Inequalitites

In paragraph 62 the bishops continue their strong critique of globalization in its economic aspects. Pope Francis, who was responsible for chairing the committee that wrote the final version of the Aparecida document, has been criticized for his critique of … Continue reading

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Aparecida 61 – The Economic Dimension of Globalization

The bishops recognize in paragraph 61 that globalization is multi-faceted, but its economic dimension is the most apparent. They also note that globalization should not be either totally dismissed or totally embraced; careful and nuanced analysis is needed. Globalization is … Continue reading

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Welcoming A New Pastor

Frequent commentator Jimmy Mac sends this video link of the welcome of their new pastors. The un-mic’ed one is Fr Jack McClure, once a colleague of mine at the student center a few years back and a fellow refugee from Kansas … Continue reading

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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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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Margaret of Scotland

Emma from emmasrandomthoughts offers today’s entry for 2014 Worthy Women.  Please frequent her blog and chime in on films and other topics there. St. Margaret of Scotland was an English princess, but she actually spent very little time in England. Her father … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Elisabeth of Schönau

When we think of women mystics in Germany, we so often think of Hildegard of Bingen – for good reason. Her fame has spread, especially in recent years. In 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named her a Doctor of the Church. … Continue reading

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