The Catholic Church and Democracy in Chile and Peru by Michael Fleet, Brian H. Smith
Recent changes imposed by the Vatican may redefine the Chilean and Peruvian Church's involvement in politics and social issues. Fleet and Smith argue that the Vatican has been moving to restrict the Chilean and Peruvian Church's social and political activities. Fleet and Smith have gathered documentary evidence, conducted interviews with Catholic elites, and compiled surveys of lay Catholics in the region. The result will help chart the future of the Church and Chile and Peru.
Michael Fleet is Associate Professor of Political Science at Marquette University and the author of The Rise and Fall of Chilean Christian Democracy (1985). Brian H. Smith holds the Charles and Joan Van Zoeren Chair in Religion, Ethics, and Values at Ripon College. He is the author of More Than Altruism: The Politics of Private Foreign Aid (1990) and Religious Politics in Latin America, Pentecostal vs. Catholic (1998).
Table of Contents
Church and Society in Theoretical Perspective
The Chilean Church: A Historical Overview
The Peruvian Church: A Historical Overview
The Chilean Church and the Transition to Democracy
Chile's Consolidation of Democracy
The Church and the Transition to Civilian Rule in Peru
The Church and the Consolidation of Democracy in Peru
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