The Church, Dictatorships, and Democracy in Latin America

Author: Jeffrey L. Klaiber

September 1, 2009

In The Church, Dictatorships, and Democracy in Latin America, Jesuit and Latin American Church historian Jeffrey Klaiber examines the transformation from a rightward to a leftward political stance of national Catholic churches and their role in promoting human rights and democracy in repressive and dictatorial regimes. Taking a comprehensive, comparative approach, Klaiber looks at the historical development of these forces in eleven countries: Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala. The author focuses on the role of national churches within these countries by examining their modes of organization, the influence of their social policies, and religious leaders’ advocacy in response to political repression and religious persecution.

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