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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 Armed Rebellion

Social Justice by Armed Rebellion

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(p.361) 25 Social Justice by Armed Rebellion
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Maya and Catholic Cultures in Crisis
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John D. Early

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813040134.003.0025

This chapter describes Liberation Catholics in arms, a turning to violence seen as the only alternative to combat governmental oppression and those allied with it. It describes case histories of priests who joined the insurgencies in various capacities in a desperate effort to implement social justice. It involved a conversion experience for their worldview of Catholicism. They had little patience, if not scorn, for Tridentine Catholicism. They looked upon a Catholicism that stopped at empowerment of the Maya as well-intentioned but unwilling to face what they considered the stark fact—peaceful means did not work. Some were killed.

Keywords:   governmental oppression, conversion experience, armed violence, social justice

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