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Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics

Volume 28, Issue 2, Fall/Winter 2008

Alejandro Crosthwaite
Pages 159-180
DOI: 10.5840/jsce20082829

Aparecida: Catholicism in Latin America and the Caribbean at the Crossroads

CELAM'S APARECIDA DOCUMENTS NOTED THAT THE CHURCH IN LATIN America has neglected the countless builders of the influential and baptized society. Does this apparent change in pastoral strategy mean a shift from a "preferential option for the poor" to a preferential option for the elites? Is this a reflection of the struggle between bishops who hold onto a "Christendom" and managerialist vision and those who presuppose a "class struggle" in their sociopolitical commitments? Or is it a movement toward a more inclusive and balanced praxis, reaffirming the laity's specific political vocation to order the world's temporal goods according to the common good?

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