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Social Justice by Maya Empowerment

John D. Early

in Maya and Catholic Cultures in Crisis

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780813040134
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043838 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813040134.003.0024
Social Justice by Maya Empowerment

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This chapter describes examples of liberation priests involved in various community efforts that empowered the Maya to confront their crisis, especially by literacy, health, or cooperative programs. These efforts led to a conversion experience that changed their worldviews of Catholicism. An appendix explains a typology of the reactions of Catholic priests when confronted by pressures for social change both within the church and from the larger society. Its categories are value-change, value nonchange, interest-change, interest nonchange.

Keywords: empowerment priests; literacy programs; health programs; cooperatives; conversion experience; typology of priests

Chapter.  5200 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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