Is the United States government behind the burgeoning Protestantism in Latin America? Puerto Rican Catholic Bishop Enrique Hernandez calls such claims “far-fetched.” He says America’s moral crisis has led fundamentalists in the United States to support missionary activity in Latin America. Whereas Catholic activists work to change economic and political structures in Latin America, fundamentalist ministers emphasize spirituality. Critics of fundamentalism say its approach tends to pacify the exploited masses. Thus, says Hernandez, the charges of American involvement.

Black liberation groups in southern Africa will receive the largest share of funds from the World Council of Churches’ controversial program to combat racism. Some $500,000 will be distributed among 53 groups in 20 countries. The largest share, $150,000, goes to the South-West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO), the national liberation group of Namibia. The wcc program has been criticized because of the violent methods used by some groups receiving funds.

By a 2-to-1 margin, voters in the Republic of Ireland have approved a proposal to write stringent antiabortion laws into the country’s constitution. Abortion was illegal in Ireland prior to the vote. With the amendment, the practice will be virtually nonexistent. Some observers say the proposal was born of political, not moral, considerations. It was strongly supported by the Catholic church. But a voter turnout of only 54 percent was attributed to apathy and opposition to the Catholic church’s campaign. Many who oppose abortion opposed the amendment on the grounds that it was unnecessary and would hinder efforts to unite the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is home for nearly one million Protestants. ...

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