The role of the church in the colonization of latin america and caribbean region

Latin America and the Caribbean is defined, in a great part, by Mestizaje. In exchange for organizing and financing the evangelization of the large native populations in its newly acquired territories, the crown gained considerable authority over the Catholic Church in its American territories.

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Sociologist Roberto Blancarte estimates that the Catholic population in Mexico has declined by 4 million from 89 to 82 percent since The Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana was built in Bolivia, near the Isla del Sol where the Sun God was believed to be born, in the 16th century, to commemorate the apparition of the Virgin of Copacabana. However, the aldeias were generally located close to Portuguese settlements and served as labor reserves for the settlers. For more details, see Chapter 2. Like their counterparts in Latin America, many U. A second was into central Mexico and then northward to what today is the northern tier of the Mexican states and California, Arizona, New Mexico , and Texas in the United States. In the United States, Latino immigrants from Los Angeles to Wilmington, North Carolina, expressed joy and thanksgiving at the selection of a pope who shares their language, culture, and heritage. However, by bringing Western civilization to the area, these missions and the Spanish government have been held responsible for wiping out nearly a third of the native population, primarily through disease. In Cuba, the Virgin named Caridad del Cobre was allegedly seen in the beginning of the 16th century, a case consigned in the Archivo General de Indias. When it comes to social views and attitudes toward morality, Uruguay consistently stands out for its liberalism. Such reforms were unacceptable to the leadership of the clergy and the Conservatives.

These are among the key findings of more than 30, face-to-face interviews conducted across 18 countries and Puerto Rico by the Pew Research Center between October and February In order to assess the possible impact of the new pope on Latin-American Catholicism, however, it is necessary to understand several highly complex and deeply entrenched challenges.

Church properties were confiscated and basic civil and political rights were denied to religious institutes and the clergy.

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During the early modern period in Europe fifteenth century on , nation-state and national identities emerged, and Christianity was a key element of those identities. In other countries, however, the Catholic Church actually stood up to right-wing dictators. Geographic mobility may also be associated with conversion. Differences among Catholics, Protestants and the religiously unaffiliated also are apparent on other social issues. The crown attempted to establish basic ground rules to insure that the native peoples were not subject to an unjust war of conquest, and that the conquistadores made provisions to evangelize the natives in the true faith. By , there were fourteen praying towns, eleven in Massachusetts and three in Connecticut, mostly among the Nipmuc. Eliot first preached to the Nipmuc Indians in at the site of modern Newton, Massachusetts. A goal was to change the agricultural or nomadic Indian into a model of the Spanish people and society. However, the move opened latent divisions in the country. Following the encounter with the New World after , the papacy theoretically assumed responsibility for the organization of missions to evangelize the newly encountered peoples. Due to fieldwork constraints and sensitivities related to polling about religion, Cuba could not be included; it is the only Spanish-speaking country in Latin America that was not polled. In the centuries following the first European incursions into the Americas, native populations declined in numbers because of disease and other factors. While the movement from Catholicism to Protestantism has occurred among people of all ages and socio-economic levels, the survey reveals some broad demographic patterns among converts. Moreover, it has taken Latin America much longer than other parts of the West to adopt religious freedom in theory and in practice, and the habit of respect for those rights is only gradually being developed.

As an act of survival and, perhaps, resistance, native communities in Latin America appropriated these rituals and maintained elements from their own tradition despite colonization. The Cristero War was eventually resolved diplomatically, largely with the influence of the U.

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The scale of this exodus is roughly on par with several Latin American countries that also have experienced steep declines in the share of adults who identify as Catholic, including Nicaragua minus 25 percentage pointsUruguay minus 22 pointsBrazil minus 20 and El Salvador minus

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The Church in Latin America