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The Rise of Charismatic Catholicism in Latin America$
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Edward L. Cleary

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036083

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036083.001.0001

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The Strong Middle Countries

The Strong Middle Countries

(p.174) 7 The Strong Middle Countries
The Rise of Charismatic Catholicism in Latin America

Edward L. Cleary

University Press of Florida

Beyond Brazil and Mexico, five other South American countries have shown a remarkable growth of Catholic Charismatics: Argentina, Venezuela, Peru, Chile, and Ecuador. These countries form an exceptionally strong middle sector of the Charismatic Renewal movement. Argentina had a large clerical presence in the movement. The lack of clerical presence is notable in all the other countries under consideration here. That liberation theology had a strong acceptance among the clergy in these countries, especially the foreign missionary clergy, may account for lack of recruitment of clergy. But, focusing more on lay leadership, these countries tended to have an abundance of lay revitalization movements. While Chile did not have a national indigenous movement, it did have significant indigenous activism sponsored by the church. Argentina lagged in the abundance of lay movements but was one of the earliest strongholds of Catholic Action and a core lay leadership sector.

Keywords:   Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Charismatic Renewal, foreign missionary clergy

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