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Aparecida Notes: the Protestant Sects

Benedict XVI, in his speech to his nuncios in Latin America:

Some environments, we know it, ascertain a contrast between the wealth and depth of the pre-Columbian cultures and the Christian faith, presented as a foreign imposition or an alienation for the peoples of Latin America. In truth, the encounter of these cultures and the faith in Christ was an answer internally expected by such cultures. This encounter thus must not be disowned, but should be deepened, and it has created the true identity of the peoples of Latin America. In fact, the Catholic Church is the institution which enjoys greater approval by the Latin-American populations. ... Such a consolidated presence must today take into consideration, among others, the proselitism of the sects and the growing influence of the Post-modern hedonist secularism. We must seriously reflect on the causes for the attractiveness of the sects to find the right answers.

The causes can be easily identified... Medellín (1968), for instance, the Latin American "incarnation" of "the Spirit of the Council", is one of the most relevant steps in the forsaking, by the Catholic hierarchs of Latin America, of their duty of evangelisation.


  1. Anonymous10:50 AM

    So they would never have gotten away with it, if it hadn't been for those Medellin kids?



  2. Anonymous12:57 PM

    We can't forget, that Paul VI went to Medellin, Colombia in 1968 and gave His full encouragement to this kind of betrayal of the traditional Catholic Faith which gave rise in turn to the growth to numerous Protestant fundamentalist sects. They are not churches...but rather sects, cults etc.
    In seeking to counter the spread and influence of these malignant forces, some misguided priests and bishops have attempted to re-create Catholic Mass and ceremonies in a mirror image of the Protestant worship experience...borrowing from these cults the elements which seem to be attractive to the people. This is a gross betrayal of the Catholic traditions of the Faith, and has only excellerated the growth of the Protestant influence and numbers!
    What is needed from the Pope, and by extension by the Bishops and clergy in Latin America is a total repudiation of the "Spirit of the Council", and the "Spirit of Medellin", and a restoration of the traditional expression of Roman Catholicism which once was such a strong force in Latin America. Bishops and priests need to speak out to the people and call these Protestant sects what they used to be called.....Heretics (among other things).

  3. Anonymous3:35 PM

    The other day I saw a CNS news story about the Catholic population in comparison with world population. Since 1970, the proportionally the number of Catholics has declined one whole percent, which in a world of more than 6 billion people is a LOT more souls who are now in greater jeopardy than they otherwise might have been. The proportion of Catholics should have increased since 1970, but instead, for all the reasons we know, including the Church's abdication of her obligation to preach the Gospel, we've seen a decline.

  4. Anonymous4:14 PM

    If there was a place where the pernicious interpretation of the II Vatican Council made its mark was in Latin America. Perhaps Leonardo Boff was when he wrote his book "Chruch, charisma and power"

  5. Anonymous4:15 PM

    If there was a place where the pernicious interpretation of the II Vatican Council made its mark was in Latin America. Perhaps Leonardo Boff was right when he wrote his book "Chruch, charisma and power"

  6. Anonymous9:15 PM

    It is undeninable that the Catholic Church in Latin America historicarily failed to help Latin Americans to leave behind their undemocratic culture. And everything because of Latin American catholic clerics following the pernicious "decadent european theology" of the second half of the XXth century. Indeed at no other time in history, has "decadent european cultural imperialism" been at its worst than in the pernicious influence of european thelogians during the second half of the XXth century. Much in contrary to selfconceit of Latin American catholic clerics, and of decadent european clerics, the Catholic Church in Latin America FAILED in everything during a time when it could have been of greatest help. The advance of "sects" is unstoppable.

  7. Anonymous9:31 PM

    And to those staticians who are worried about the number of catholics, I must remind you that those statistics have no value whatsoever because they are not scientific. They are just inventions to try to give more importance to a church that has absolutely no social impact.

  8. Actually the decline in Catholicism in Latin America has more to do with the support for evangelical protestants from the US than it does with Medellin and liberation theology (which is actually a term describing a number of theologies not all of them incompatible with tradition). If the Catholic Church 'failed' in Latin America it was because of that - not because it allied itself with some of the most poor people on the planet.

  9. The support of Evangelical Protestants in America was enormous from the end of the 19th century onwards -- yet the explosion of the sects dates from the late 1960s onwards. Not only that, but said explosion was much more intense in those nations, such as Guatemala and Brazil, where the influence of the "Liberation Theology" (or theologies, if you prefer) was more intense.

    Connect the dots.

  10. The explosion was much more intense in those countries because the US fostered the growth of Protestant sects because they viewed the Catholic Church as no longer being a reliable prop to the established regimes in said countries. This is not a conspiracy theory it is there, explicitly stated, in the official documents.

  11. Anonymous1:26 AM

    Where do you leave the people? Are they robots or what? They are the ones that made the decision to leave the Catholic Church. Nobody forced to them to leave the Catholic Church. There were and are good reasons for Latin Americans to leave the Catholic Church. Don't blame the Catholic Church's failure on U.S. protestantism, blame it on the Catholic Church to forced the poor Latin American to leave the Church. The Catholic Church is a church for the wealthy, not for the poor.

  12. Dear readers, I am very sorry, but both of you are so wrong!...