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The Catholic Church and Argentina’s Dirty War$
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Gustavo Morello

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190234270

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190234270.001.0001

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction
The Catholic Church and Argentina’s Dirty War

Gustavo Morello, SJ

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the situation of the Catholic Church in Argentina in the 1970s. It focuses on the nuances and particularities of the political situation in the country compared to others in Latin America, and also the process of religious transformations in the Argentine religious realm. Social change transformed the location of the Church in terms of the political actors, the public sphere, and the way individuals related to their beliefs. Because of this mix of political turmoil and religious relocation, three different types of Catholics emerged: committed Catholics, institutional Catholics, and antisecular Catholics. The chapter also addresses the methods and sources used to build the La Salettes’ case study.

Keywords:   dictatorship, Catholic hierarchy, Latin America, committed Catholics, institutional Catholics, antisecular Catholics

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