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The Roman Catholic Church in Latin America

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Published by Garland Pub. in New York .
Written in English



  • Latin America


  • Catholic Church -- Latin America -- History -- 1965-,
  • Latin America -- Church history -- 20th century.

Book details:

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references.

Statementedited with an introduction by Jorge I. Domínguez.
SeriesEssays on Mexico, Central and South America ;, v. 3
ContributionsDomínguez, Jorge I., 1945-
LC ClassificationsBX1426.2 .R65 1994
The Physical Object
Paginationxi, 412 p. ;
Number of Pages412
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1433711M
ISBN 100815314876
LC Control Number93045525

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Thus the Roman Catholic Church itself is a complex institution, for which the usual diagram of a pyramid, extending from the pope at the apex to the believers in the pew, is vastly oversimplified. Within that institution, moreover, sacred congregations, archdioceses and dioceses, provinces. Presenting the history of the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America is a mammoth undertaking. Few would doubt that Catholicism is the single most important institution in the region if for no other reason than it is perhaps the only one that has remained central to most peoples’ lives over a period of some five hundred years. The Catholic Church in Latin America began with the Spanish colonization of the Americas and continues through the independence movements of the Spanish-American colonies up to the present day. In the 19th and 20th centuries, many liberal regimes struggled to control and reduce the power and influence.   Historical data suggest that for most of the 20th century, from through the s, at least 90% of Latin America’s population was Catholic (See History of Religious Change).Today, the Pew.