Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science


G. P. Means




This thesis examines the influence of the Roman Catholic Church on the modernization of Colombia. Although a history of the Church's political involvement is included, the major emphasis is on the recent changes in the role of the Church in Colombia that have been prompted by the Vatican and by pressure from leftist priests within the country. The activities of various groups of these progressive priests are examined and the validity of their contribution to the modernization process is questioned. Despite the struggles of the leftist clergy, it is concluded that because of the position of the hierarchy of the Colombian Church and the nature of the Church's ties to developed countries, unless there are further radical changes in the position of the Colombian Church, it will not be a significant force in the necessary restructuring of Colombian society.

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