The Catholic Church, Social Change and Insurrection

  • Yvon Grenier
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Abstract

Observers agree that the Catholic Church has played a pivotal role in the recent political development of El Salvador.1 More specifically, what is now known as the ‘Popular Church’ is widely viewed as a force, if not the force, behind the political mobilisation of the poor to support the insurgents’ agenda. Thanks to radical priests and theology students, hitherto apathetic and conservative peasants and urban poor learned to identify the ‘structural sin’ of capitalism and started to yearn for a politico-religious version of the ‘promised land’.2 Alain Besançon once made the distinction that Moses and Saint John ‘knew that they believed’, while Marx and Lenin ‘believed that they knew’.3 By blurring this distinction — radical Christians know that they believe and believe that they know — the ‘Christianisation’ of the revolution conceivably produced an explosive mixture.

Keywords

Sugar Burner Explosive Agglomeration Ghost 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yvon Grenier
    • 1
  1. 1.St Francis Xavier UniversityAntigonishCanada

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