The Catholic Church and Democracy in Chile and Peru

University of Notre Dame Pess
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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.
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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).

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University of Notre Dame Pess
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Published on
Nov 15, 2015
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Pages
392
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ISBN
9780268079833
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Latin America / Central America
Religion / Christianity / Catholic
Religion / Christianity / History
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