The Catholic Church and Power Politics in Latin America: The Dominican Case in Comparative Perspective - Critical Currents in Latin American Perspective Series (Paperback)
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The Catholic Church and Power Politics in Latin America: The Dominican Case in Comparative Perspective - Critical Currents in Latin American Perspective Series (Paperback)

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Paperback 292 Pages / Published: 17/05/2007
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The Catholic Church acted as a mediator during social and political change in several Latin American countries from the 1960s through the 1990s: the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. Although the Catholic clergy was called to mediate in political crises in all five countries, in the Dominican Republic the Church's role as mediator was eventually institutionalized. A historical examination of church-state relations and case study of the Dominican Republic leads into important regional comparisons that broaden our understanding of the Catholic Church in the whole of Latin America.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742555051
Number of pages: 292
Weight: 426 g
Dimensions: 227 x 153 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This is an interesting and substantial study. . . . Betances' work is something one does not see much of lately-a highly detailed institutional history of the Church in one country. . . . This is a valuable addition to the literature on religion and politics in Latin America. * Latin American Studies *
In this well-written monograph, Emelio Betances examines the origins and development of this relationship in the Domincan Republic. * Hispanic American Historical Review *
History has a curious and even dangerous way of showing us things that reality forces us to see day after day. It works like one of the enlargers we used in photography long before a computer sat on top of our desks. History is also the method Emelio Betances has chosen to focus on and illuminate that odd fellowship of the Catholic Church and the state in Latin America. He couldn't have chosen a better method. -- Jose Luis Saez Ramo, Academia Dominicana de la Historia
At long last we have an illuminating study of one of the more interesting national churches in Latin America. The transformation of the Church from one that was subdued under the dictator Rafael Trujillo to one that successfully fulfilled a role as moderator in society and politics, built loyalty among its members, and responded to Pentecostal challengers is described by a Dominican scholar. -- Edward L. Cleary, Providence College

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