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Losing Latin America

IgnatiusInsight.com has posted a great article from Homiletic and Pastoral Review by Rev. John Navone of the Gregorian University looking back at the Hartford Declaration of theologians led by then-Lutheran Richard John Neuhaus and Peter Berger protesting the secularizing of American Theology. Fr. Navone notes how widespread this secularist theology was in the Catholic Church, particularly in liberation theology circles in Latin America, with the result that, as more than one Protestant minister has noted, The Catholic Church opted for the poor and the poor have opted to become pentecostals.

Part of the success of the Protestants has been that instead of secularism dressed up spiritually, they actually preached a spiritual message, albeit from a Catholic standpoint a severely defective one. But a little bit of real Jesus beats a lot of Karl Marx in choir robes any day of the week and ten thousand times ten thousand on Sundays. If the Catholic Church is ever to get back its flock in Latin America, Fr. Navone writes about the fundamentals Catholics will have to get back to. Read the article here.

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Comments (2)

Your comment about about the Catholic church getting back its flock relates to the subject of my most recent blog entry "On Evangelization"

Dave Deavel:

Stephen,

Nice assemblage of quotes from Fr. Giussani which do nicely corroborate Fr. Navone's thoughts and others. Nice website.

Dave

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