What did it mean to be "Catholic" during Argentina's Dirty War?
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Argentina, 1976 – A right-wing military group seized power in a time of social instability, in the name of fighting communism and protecting “Christian civilization.” They kidnapped and tortured thousands. About 90% of Argentina was Catholic at the time, which meant that Catholics were persecuting other Catholics who were considered communist sympathizers and subversives. So, what defined one’s Catholicism amidst the chaos?
Fr. Gustavo Morello, SJ, an Argentine sociologist teaching at Boston College, grapples with this provocative question in his new book, "The Catholic Church and Argentina's Dirty War". An important contribution to the study of this recent tumultuous period, the book raises other important questions about the role of the institutional church in times of social upheaval, and its connection to the secular state.
Watch Subject Matters below:"The Catholic Church and Argentina's Dirty War" by Gustavo Morello, SJ