Latin America And The Catholic Church – Case Study Example

Latin America and the Catholic Church Grade Pope John Paul II visited Nicaragua in 1983 during Contra wars. Itwas during this time that tensions increased between Nicaragua Catholic Church hierarchy and the state of Sandinista (Berntzen, 2012). Reform minded Catholics who promoted clergies, hierarchies, and laity, hoped that the pope would help them in condemning communism practiced by Sandinista government and by so doing help in ending poverty and injustice and promoting peace. The pope would also help in the influence of the church on public policy, which solves family and moral problems such as life and death (Berntzen, 2012). The government, on the other hand, hoped that the pope would bring peace that would end Contra wars through opposing American aid offered to the Contras. The church also hoped to protect its interests and maintain the status of the Catholic Church (John-Paul, 2009).
Pope made it clear to the priests to join in unity, which he stressed that it was the only way to stop the government from being corrupt by communism. The pope was against division that was present in the popular church and hierarchical church. He stressed the importance of religious education to Bishops (Kenaston, 2010). Some Nicaraguan Catholics were disappointed with the position of the pope since he failed to support the position of some priests and bishops who had occupied positions in the government and urged them to look for positions in the church. The pope clarified that the laws of Catholics did not allow Nicaraguan priests to hold any political positions or high offices, which would influence the church while in the society (John-Paul, 2009). They are supposed to be agents of Christ. Interruption during the mass also made the pope angry with them.
References
Berntzen, E. (2012).Religion and politics in Nicaragua: what difference does a revolution make? Iberoamericana Nordic journal of Latin American and Caribbean studies, 1-2(XLII), 159-182.
John-paul, W. (2009), Church, state and society during the Nicaraguan revolution. Dialogos latino americanos, 16(1), 1-22.
Kenaston, C. (2010). Reds, rosaries, and revolutionary government church-state relations in Cuba and Nicaragua in the aftermath of revolution. Connor Kenaston Journal, 14(1), 1-14.