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December 1989
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The Catholic Church and Politics in Nicaragua and Costa Rica
Williams, Philip
Unlike most recent studies of the Catholic Church in Latin America, Philip J. Williams analyzes the Church in two very dissimilar political contexts-Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Despite the obvious differences, Williams argues that in both cases the Church has responded to social change in remarkably similar fashion. The efforts of progressive clergy to promote change in both countries have been largely blocked by Church hierarchy, fearful that such change will threaten the Church's influence in society.

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Philip J. Williams is professor and director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida.
“I would like to stress that this work is a well-balanced and carefully researched analysis and critique. It also constitutes both a contribution and a challenge to other churches in the hemisphere and beyond concerning their own self-identity and alliances with political power.” —America

“This comparative study is a useful contribution to the field of religion and social change.”--- Hispanic American Historical Review

“Williams provides valuable detail on church-state relations by recognizing those movements within the Church which work with an alternate paradigm for pastoral action and witness given he enduring challenge of political injustice and economic misery.”—Missiology

“Williams’ book remains an important document for those studying the church’s role in social stability and change in Central America.”--Latin American Anthropology Review

“Based on extensive interviews as well as documents, Wililams carefully balances fact and theory, while never shying away from controversy.”---Journal of Church and State

“The discussion of Costa Rica is a welcome addition to the literature.”—The Americas

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Unlike most recent studies of the Catholic Church in Latin America, Philip J. Williams analyzes the Church in two very dissimilar political contexts-Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Despite the obvious differences, Williams argues that in both cases the Church has responded to social change in remarkably similar fashion. The efforts of progressive clergy to promote change in both countries have been largely blocked by Church hierarchy, fearful that such change will threaten the Church's influence in society.
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