As a side note, I would like to add that there were Jesuits in South America at that time trying to keep the "Catholic laity" from enslaving the natives, but I recently looked at the numbers of Jesuits in the modern world and there's roughly 3000 in the United States (which has a large number of them), and there were far less back then in any country. And for a country this size, 3000 isn't very much.
I guess my poorly made point (actually, I don't think I got my point across at all in my last post I'm bad about that when I post during lunch breaks at work) is that I think kindness and compassion converts more people than attempting to just flat out convert people. As Saint Francis said: "It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.”
The sad thing is, these people in many ways have been denied the opportunity to see the beauty of Catholicism. The reason being they were invaded and enslaved by Catholic cultures such as Spain. One of the biggest strategies in invading a country and making it your own is destroying the religion of the people and indoctrinating them into your own ways. So Christianity was brought to them in a horrible way for all the wrong reasons. It's no wonder they're calling in to radio shaman shows! Just imagine how different the world would be if the only Catholics they saw were missionaries entering their societies with food, clean water, medicine, and the word of God.
I'm not saying this directly to you, because I don't know you or how you live your life but I'd like put this into the thread for anyone who reads this ... If you really love God and love all His children and desire grace for all of them, your first desire should not be to change them but to give them your kindness and charity. People come to conclusions about Christianity based on the behavior of people wearing crosses or claiming Christianity.
I know, because I know many people who are turned off by it and I was one of them. Fortunately, I decided it's not the people in church I should base my faith on but the message of the church. So I'm Catholic in spite of other Christians, not because of them. And I guess because of that I'm especially defensive of people who aren't Christian, because I do want them to come to a life in Christ and sometimes when I try to talk to people about the beauty of Catholicism I feel like I'm swimming against the stream because I'm having to dismantle their prejudice based solely on the ugliness they've been subjected to by Sunday Saints.