Social Justice by Armed Rebellion

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:
Social Justice by Armed Rebellion

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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

Chapter.  5370 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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