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Latin American bishops looking at theology from indigenous values

Latin American bishops plan to examine the religious elements of indigenous cultures to form a native theology compatible with Catholicism, said the general secretary of the Latin American bishops' council.

"We want to collect religious expressions and not just purify them, but develop them as a Catholic theology," said Bishop Carlos Aguiar Retes of Texcoco, Mexico.

The bishops hope to avoid a politicised theology that could be used for partisan purposes, he said.

Bishop Aguiar was interviewed at the end of last month at the bishops' council headquarters in Bogota. The bishops' council, known by its acronym as CELAM, is a service and coordinating body for 22 national bishops' conferences in Latin American and the Caribbean.





12 Mar 2002