about Todd FlowerdayA Roman Catholic lay person, married (since 1996), with one adopted child (since 2001). I serve in worship and spiritual life in a midwestern university parish.
about John Donaghy
John is a lay missionary since 2007 with a parish in western Honduras. Before that he served in campus ministry and social justice ministry in Iowa. His ministry blog is http://hermanojuancito.blogspot.com
He also blogs reflections on the lectionary and saints/heroes/events of the date at http://walktheway.wordpress.com
He'll be a long-term contributor here analyzing the Latin American bishops' document from their 2007 Aparecida Conference.
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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
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
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
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
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
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