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What does it mean? The answer is only in part a matter of how transformations within religion are magnified by political threat or pressure. More generally, we need to look at how people 'see' the Church, and at the implications of this new 'seeing'. The outcomes visible across the region cannot be reduced to a simple function of repression turning the churches in one direction or another. There must be a prior ideological change within the churches, the development of new outlooks and legitimations which undergird decisions on where to stand, with whom, and for what.
This was going to be the doctrine of national security against revolutionary subversion and international communism. 27 It was a kind of theology in so far as it referred to Christian principles and in so far as it invoked the defence of Christian civilisation. It was also a theology in so far as it could claim to enjoy the support of and to be in harmony with integralism and traditional Catholicism. 28 18 Emile Poulat Situated between these groups, the bishops have chosen much less an aggiornamento of the social doctrine of the Church than a development of its principles in a direction which had hitherto not been chosen.
In turn, the CEBs have opened the way to new kinds of practice. These are generally small, socially homogeneous groups (mostly poor people) which meet regularly to read and discuss the bible, and to reflect on community life and problems from this perspective. Their normal practice encourages self-expression, sharing and solidarity, and active participation in the collective affairs of daily life. Both liberation theology and CEBs gain added political salience from the conjunctures in which they emerge.
Church and Politics in Latin America by Dermot Keogh (eds.)