TLA article of the week: Bonds of Suffering, Bonds of Hope

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Bonds of Suffering, Bonds of Hope:The Story of a Priest Committed to the Poor

In this week’s selection, Elba Noemí Gómez Gómez and Bradley Wright explore the theme of suffering in relation to the capacity for agency by examining the experiences of a parish priest who played a key role in the emergence of Christian Base Communities in the central-western region of Mexico, particularly on the southern periphery of Guadalajara, Jalisco, during the 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s. Padre Juan’s involvement led him to promote political and organizational process grounded in reclaiming “the preferential option for the poor.” Christian Base Communities in Guadalajara functioned as catalysts of a diverse range of collective actions, while also serving as venues for ongoing conflict between conservative and progressive clergy responding to the proposal of a Church “incarnated in social reality” put forth by the Second Vatican Council.

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