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Maya and Catholic Cultures in Crisis$
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John Early

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813040134

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813040134.001.0001

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Social Justice by Sacramental Observance

Social Justice by Sacramental Observance

(p.331) 23 Social Justice by Sacramental Observance
Maya and Catholic Cultures in Crisis

John D. Early

University Press of Florida

This chapter describes some examples of work among the Maya by Catholic priests who, for the most part, engaged in administration of the sacraments and refrained from community projects that sought to empower the Maya. Their worldviews were essentially Tridentine Catholicism. The chapter describes three Sacred Heart priests in the Ixil area of Guatemala, all of whom were murdered by the Guatemalan army. It also describes the work of a priest from Oklahoma in Santiago Atitlán, also murdered by the army. An appendix describes the mythologizing process that accompanies the saint cult in the effort to canonize him as a saint of the Catholic Church. A final section describes the worldview of a priest who became an ardent critic of Liberation Catholicism.

Keywords:   Tridentine Catholicism, sacramental administration, murders of priests, mythology of saint cult, critic of Liberation Catholicism

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