Catholics have dominated the region as Europeans brought it about by colonization. Now the Vatican appears to be set to lose the area that dominated it not being contested.
Latin America has been a Catholic church fortress for centuries and until recently 40 percent Of the Catholic population of the world. Still, the Vatican’s dominance over the continent is slipping slowly and mercilessly.
Until the 1960s, the data show that: 90 percent Of Latin Americans identified as Catholics. However, by 2014, only 69% were identified as Catholics, a downward trend.
By 2017, the number of people identified as Catholic was according to a survey conducted by Latinobarometro, a local polling firm conducting annual surveys across Latin America. 59 percent.. And those numbers may already be out of date, and if not yet, they are drawing a picture of an area that is set to be a minority Catholic.
However, trends across different countries are not equally uniform.
In places like Chile, trust in the Catholic Church dropped from 72% in 1995 to 31% in 2020.
According to Latinobarometro, Chile is one of the most agnostic countries in the world, with 35% and now 45 percent Compared to 70% 15 years ago, the proportion of the population has been identified as Catholic.
The dramatic decline was partially driven by a series of sexual abuse scandals that shook the country’s Catholic Church and subsequent cover-ups.
Similar sex scandal Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, El salvador When HondurasTo name a few Latin American countries, the church is fighting for its reputation and herds that are increasingly distrustful of their shepherds.
At the beginning of the 20th century, El Salvador was almost 100% Catholic, but today it is bullying half of its population.
But the Catholic Church crisis meant an opportunity for other Christian denominations who had sought to take advantage of the Vatican’s predicament.
New Christian movement
one Catholic magazine The Catholic crisis in Latin America is likely to last for more than a generation, and the church may just be the beginning of a shift.
In addition, there was some decline among those who identified themselves as Catholic, but that did not necessarily mean the decline of Christianity.
Latin America remains a solid and conservative region as a whole.
The phenomenal rise of evangelical churches in Central America, especially Brazil. Almost from less than 5% in the 1960s 30 percent Population of the country today-brought one of the most evangelical concentration in the world.
Defining evangelical Christians as a single group is still an ongoing debate among Christians, but broadly it is Centering around Converting others, spreading the gospel, spreading activism, “being born again”, singing, and Worshipers speaking in tongues -The ability to speak in a language unknown to them through divine intervention.
This different interpretation of Christian beliefs is set apart from the rigorous and institutionalized formulation of the worship of the Catholic Church.
The Catholic Church is divided between Reformed and Conservatives in the discussion of the future direction of the church and whether female and male priests should remain single, but evangelical Christians. Is marching.
Evangelical ministers who could marry did not have to discuss such questions. The decentralized nature of evangelical Christian missions also means that different parishes have become more adaptable to the needs of local worshipers.
In 2018, Pope Francis, the representative of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics, Called The church was “elitist and clericist” and showed that it was “inaccessible to God’s people.”
But the movement of evangelicalism Motivation To recruit and disseminate their version of Christianity to some of the poorest people in Latin America.
The most powerful evangelical movement in Latin America is the Pentecostal Church, which emerged in the United States and emphasized the personal connection and experience between believers and God.
These evangelical churches are also keen to introduce and promote materialism as a sign of God’s love, if they have contributed brilliantly to their respective churches.
The wealth that these ministers gained from running their church is Hundreds of millions Of the dollar. When some of the evangelical ministers bought a private jet, it also became a sacred sign of God’s grace.
One for the background study “The progress of the evangelical congregation in the Latin American religious scene is one of the most important cultural changes of the last few decades.”
This challenge has had a profound effect on the Catholic Church, increasingly shaping the politics of the region in ways not seen since the great powers of Europe conquered the region in the 16th century.
Source: TRT World
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