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But in retrospect Medellin looks more like a peak than a marker on the road to growing commitments with change. Soon after, the guard changes at CELAM. Monsignor Alfonso Lopez Trujillo of Colombia was elected secretary general in 1972, and began a systematic reorientation of the organisation: training institutes, publications and staff were all purged. Lopez Trujillo also promoted an ideological counter to liberation theology, joining with Roger Vekemans to found the journal Tierra Nueva in Bogota in 1972.

As the initial Christian Democratic impetus decayed, Catholic political energies divided, reformist optimism faded, and a notable backlash against the 'politicisation' of religion and the churches got under way throughout the region. Once presumably united around a reformist agenda (Christian Democracy, Populorum Progressio), Latin American Catholicism splits. At one extreme we find a Camilo Torres, and close to him movements like Chile's CpS, Colombia's SAL (Sacerdotes Para America Latina), or the Movement of Third World Priests in Argentina.

Gen. CELAM Tierra Nueva founded Evangelii Nuntiandi pubI. Archbishop Romero Pope John Paul I named El Salvador elected Pope John Paul II elected PUEBLA CONFERENCE Pope to Mexico Archbishop Romero killed Pope to Brazil Jaruzelski Coup in Poland Pope to Central America 1983 1986 Mater et Magistra publ. Vatican II opens Pacem in Terris publ. Pope Paul VI elected Military coup, Brazil 1981 1982 1984 1985 Pope John XXIII elected Revolution in Cuba 1967 RELIGIOUS EVENTS CATHOLICISM Pope to Peru and Venezuela Pope to Colombia Laborem Exercens publ.

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