Memoirs of Catholic missionaries, 1:01.
Commitment, resistance and faith, 20 min.
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The arrival of nearly two thousand Canadian Catholic missionaries in Latin America in the 1960s transformed the missionary Church in Quebec, as missionaries’ actions gradually aligned with Liberation Theology which advocated for greater social justice for the marginalized and impoverished populations. This website gives voice to missionaries who have worked in Latin America.
« I was sent to Cuba when the country was in turmoil. As I walked out of the airport, I saw a poster advertising what I was going to witness. “Revolucion es build -The revolution is building!” […] I noticed that many were volunteering in the vaccination and literacy campaigns launched by the government. I, who had just come out of Quebec from Duplessis, could not believe it! I went from a submissive society to a society in full creativity »
« Finally, we discovered that the cause of this injustice was the increasingly rapid progressive enrichment of a privileged and minority sector of the Chilean population and especially of foreign capitalist countries, including our own. »
« One thing is certain: in a pre-revolutionary climate, societies are divided into two camps and it is difficult to be on both sides at the same time. You have to choose: for dependence … or for liberation. »
« If the mystery of Christmas asked us only that, it was not worth it for Christ to come into the world, because all these good words, these good dispositions, these good readings and these good deeds will not arrive in a hundred years. to bring justice and peace to the poor of good will. We will have to tackle the structures. How? ‘Or’ What? In principle, we can distinguish two paths: the violent and the peaceful. I think the second should be preferred, if it achieves the goal; but it is obviously necessary to resort to the other and without waiting for centuries, if the peaceful way proves ineffective. »
« But, wouldn’t it be precisely the luck of contemporary Latin America to see a meeting between the Church – at least through one of its sectors – and liberation take place? Could the phenomenon of revolutionary Christians not allow a new dialectic that would benefit both liberation and the Church? »
« Finally, we believe that deaths like those of Che Guevara, Camilo Torres, Mauricio Lefebvre, are evangelically, socially and politically useful to the cause of liberation in Latin America. We believe that the blood spilled by the thousands of tortured and killed, in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Guatemala, Bolivia, for the cause of the liberation of their brothers, will not have been unnecessarily. We, their brothers from North America, should be able to repeat the words that university students shouted at Maurice Lefebvre’s funeral in La Paz on August 23: “Maurice, you are not dead! You live in each of us. We will continue your work” »