Part One, “The Life Of Our People Today” (19-100) comes to a conclusion with this numbered section and the two that follow. Describing the “Situation Of Our Church At This Historic Time Of Challenges.”
A short post today:
98. The Catholic Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, despite the flaws and ambiguities of some of its members, has witnessed to Christ, proclaimed his Gospel, and provided its service of charity, particularly to the poorest, striving to promote their dignity, and promote human development in the fields of health, solidarity economy, education, labor, access to land, culture, housing, assistance, among others. By speaking out together with other national and world institutions, it has helped give prudent guidelines and to promote justice human rights and reconciliation of peoples. The church has accordingly often been socially recognized as an entity of trust and credibility. Its effort on behalf of the poorest and its struggle for the dignity of each human being has often led to persecution and even the death of some of its members, whom we regard as witnesses of the faith. We wish to recall the courageous testimony of our men and women saints, and of those who, even though not canonized, have lived out the gospel radically, and have offered their life for Christ, for the Church, and for their people.
A fair and honest assessment. In speaking of saints and martyrs, many of these have lived heroic lives outside the clergy or even religious orders. Any thoughts on these or other aspects of Latin American Christianity before we move on to highlights (99) and shadows(100) of this century’s situation?
For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.