[quote="katholikos12, post:7, topic:317298"]
I second this entirely. My Cuban family fled Castro during the revolution to Venezuela and now we have to leave Venezuela because Chavez is doing the same thing. But I do sympathize.
Katholikos, you probably more than anyone here are witness to what is happening in S. America. I am not, S. American, hispanic or Latino but do follow economic events there. Mr Chavez is not alone in his beliefs and ideology,and not just with Fidel. The entire continent, with the exception of maybe Colombia and Chile are moving in that direction, even if not as extreme.
What I'm wondering and what I'd like to know, especially from fundamentalist and former fundamentalist is how their religion is affected by big governments. If fundamentalism in S. America is on the rise as was stated a few years ago, how will they deal with these Leftist governments that if not anti-Christian, is not friendly to Christian beliefs? The Catholic Church has been consistent in its response to oppressive govts like the Castro regime. Basically it's: We will never go to war with you, but we will never submit to govt pressures that go against our faith. As a Catholic(welcome by the way Katholikos) one thing you can feel assured is this principle. The Church will not compromise it's moral truths to any govt. Other religions may, but not this one. I suppose we'll see if fundamentalist can stand as tall, because they surely will be tested if they're in any way opposed to their current Govts positions.
At the risk of sounding too political myself, I would love to see a Pope from S. America or Africa. I would love to see S. Americans and Latinos return to the Church, Latinos and Hispanics as much as anyone have made it the universal Church that it is today. I feel as much solidarity with oppressed Catholics around the world as my own American/Asian heritage.