Project February 18, 2020

Can Catholicism Save The Amazon?



Latin America's liberation theologians, and those who follow their teachings, have been accompanying the rural poor since the 1960s; for all these years, these Catholic priests, brothers and women religious have sought to help those exploited by the destruction and sale of the Amazon to get land of their own. Yet Catholics who practice the art of accompaniment do not intend, necessarily, to solve people's problems. It is a slow practice; and, by many secular measures of success, it is an inefficient and unsatisfying one. But it is also worthy. What accompaniers hope for is to gently walk with an imperfect world -- offering support, without imposing any 'right way' to move forward -- as it grows into the one that God intended: equal; and just. Sister Jean, a nun from Rochester, New York, is an accompanier, and she has been walking with the Brazilian landless for more than four decades.