Latin America

Bishop Paprocki Calls on Catholic Politicians to Take Sides

Thomas Paprocki, the bishop of Springfield (the state capital of Illinois), has issued a decree barring the Illinois State Senate President and House Speaker—both ostensibly Catholics—from receiving Communion in the diocese.  The June 2 decision took place in response to enactment of abortion legislation codifying in state law an unlimited abortion liberty through birth, in [...]

Media heirs might be stolen children

Between 1976 and 1983, Argentina was ruled by a military dictatorship who captured and tortured thousands of political prisoners. The UK's Indepedent has an interesting story about a brother and sister -- heirs to a big media fortune -- who have been forced to submit to DNA testing to see if they are among the [...]

How Not to Debate Liberation Theology: Avoid the Real Argument

I have worked with Michael Novak on five books and countless articles, speeches, and columns. Like my predecessors, I occasionally wonder whether reviewers are reading different versions of Novak's books than mine. Criticizing his, or anyone else's views is usually helpful; such debate is the essence of civilization. But little is served by ignoring or [...]

Illusions and Realities: The Bishops and The Entrepreneurs

Last December 22, before the Joint Economic Committee on Economics of the U.S. Congress, Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland of Milwaukee revealed a strange understanding of enterprise. Senator William Proxmire and Congressman David R. Obey, both from Wisconsin, listened to the Archbishop. When Chairman Obey asked the Archbishop about some views of the lay commission headed [...]

Whither Liberation Theology? A Historical Evaluation

What is liberation theology? Why has a relatively new theological current in the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America become front page news in the world press? One reason for the attention liberation theology is receiving is the polarization of opinion, pro-and-con, as to its implications. For Cardinal Ratzinger, writing in a private memorandum published [...]

Liberation Theology and American Foreign Policy

Last summer marked the seventh anniversary of the overthrow of Somoza and the installation of the revolutionary Sandinista regime in Nicaragua. Underplayed in most analyses of this betrayed revolution is the role of radical elements within the Catholic Church. Indeed, this role is of such significance that it deserves careful study by U.S. foreign policy [...]

What Does Latin America Want? Tradition and Growth

Let me begin by stating my thesis directly: The teconomic system that Latin Americans will always choose, given a full opportunity, will be a combination of statism and populism. Though both Marxism and free enterprise have important and well-placed advocates, neither system appeals to Latin Americans in general, and both can be imposed only by [...]

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