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Author Sawchuk, Dana, 1968-

Title The Costa Rican Catholic Church, social justice, and the rights of workers, 1979-1996 / Dana Sawchuk
Published Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2004
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 270 pages)
Series Editions SR ; v. 30
Editions SR ; v. 30
Contents Studies of the Church and Politics in Latin America -- Studies of the Pre-1979 Church in Costa Rica -- The Scope and Theme of This Study -- Theoretical Considerations -- Crisis in Costa Rica -- Post-Civil War Economic Development -- The Crisis and Government Policies -- Popular Reactions to the Crisis -- The Unions in the Face of the Crisis -- Problems for the Costa Rican Union Movement -- Promise in the Costa Rican Union Movement -- Limon en Lucha -- Official Catholic Social Teaching on Workers' Issues -- Strikes and Unions in Catholic Social Teaching -- Contrasting Approaches to Social Justice -- Persistent Conservatism in Catholic Social Teaching -- Monsenor Arrieta and CECOR -- The Man They Call Manzanita -- The Church Hierarchy's Political Pronouncements and Preferences -- The Costa Rican Bishops and Workers' Rights -- Cecoders -- The Centre's Structure and Programming -- The Controversial 1986 Folleto -- Cecoders and Catholic Social Teaching -- Cecoders and the Union Movement -- Limon Province -- Socio-Economic Conditions in Limon -- The Institutional Insecurity of the Limon Church -- The ESJ23 -- Padre Solano and the Expansion of the ESJ23 -- The ESJ23 and Catholic Social Teaching -- Another Side to the School's Success -- The Official Church in Limon -- The Limon Church under Monsenor Coto -- The 1989 Carta Pastoral -- A New Bishop in a New Diocese -- The Limon Church and Catholic Social Teaching -- Liberationist and Conservative Catholicisms in Costa Rica and Beyond
Summary Provides a new understanding of the relationship between Church and State in 20th-century Costa Rica. Understanding the relationship between religion and social justice in Costa Rica involves piecing together the complex interrelationships between Church and State; between priests, popes, politics, and the people. This book does just that. Dana Sawchuk chronicles the fortunes of the country's two competing forms of labour organizations during the 1980s and demonstrates how different factions within the Church came to support either the union movement or Costa Rica's home-grown Solidarity movement. Challenging the conventional understanding of Costa Rica as a wholly peaceful and prosperous nation, and traditional interpretations of Catholic Social Teaching, this book introduces readers to a Church largely unknown outside Costa Rica. Sawchuk has carefully analyzed material from a multitude of sources: interviews, newspapers, books, and articles, as well as official Church documents, editorials, and statements by Church representativesto provide a firmly rooted socio-economic history of the experiences of workers, and the Catholic Church's responses to workers in Costa Rica
Notes Published for the Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion/Corporation canadienne des sciences religieuses
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Labor movement -- Costa Rica -- History -- 20th century.
Labor -- Costa Rica -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- History -- 20th century
Social justice -- Costa Rica -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion.
ISBN 0889204454 (bound)
141756220X (electronic bk.)
9780889204454 (bound)
9781417562206 (electronic bk.)