Friday, January 23, 2015

Liberation Theology Almost Sinks the Catholic Church In Latin America


Remember Liberation Theology, that unnatural coupling of Catholicism and Marxism which was supposed to save the Church from becoming irrelevant or even extinct in Latin American? Well, they've just counted hands and the results are in: it is precisely in countries where Liberation Theology exerted the greatest influence from the 1960s to the 1990s that the percentage of Catholics has declined most sharply while evangelical Protestant denominations which never flirted with Marxism are on the ascendancy everywhere in Latin America.

According to the Pew Research Center, the countries where Catholics have experienced the largest declines are: Nicaragua, El Salvador, Brazil, and Uruguay, all down approximately 20 or more percentage points. The countries where Protestants have experienced the largest gains: Honduras (41 percent), Guatemala (41 percent), Nicaragua (40 percent), and El Salvador (36 percent). So that was the tangible effect of the Church's de facto support for Marxist insurgencies in Central America.

We may conclude, therefore, that the greatest calamity that ever befell Catholicism in Latin America was the fusion of  Christ's parables with Marx's dialectics, which did not in fact yield a "liberation" theology but an alienation theology.

Sorry, Pope Francis: Protestants Are Converting Catholics Across Latin America

6 comments:

Christian C. said...

Grandiloquent but fallacious, as usual. Sigh. Correlation does not imply causation.

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

Christian:

Welcome back as a commenter. I'm sure I'll never lose you as a reader.

Correlation does not imply causation, but neither does it exclude causation.

And if you can posit a more likely cause for this phenomenon, please do.

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

P.S.

I have answered your comment on Andrea Mitchell at:

What The New York Times Said About José Martí When He Died

Vana said...

Manuel:

The greatest calamity that befell the world entirely is Marxism, the church wanted change? Well they got it!

Sorry I'm late, I've had a frantic weekend.

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

Vana:

With you here I'm never alone and always in good company.

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

Christian:

Another reply to your comment at The New York Times post above.

You might also enjoy this dissection of The Times if you have not already found it in the archives:

AIDS in Cuba According to The New York Times