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The Prophet of CuernavacaIvan Illich and the Crisis of the West$
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Todd Hartch

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190204563

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190204563.001.0001

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Decline of the Missionary Initiative, 1969–72

Decline of the Missionary Initiative, 1969–72

(p.93) Chapter six Decline of the Missionary Initiative, 1969–72
The Prophet of Cuernavaca

Todd Hartch

Oxford University Press

By 1975 the American Catholic missionary initiative in Latin America had largely failed, in no small part because of the efforts of Ivan Illich. Only a fraction of the projected 40,000 missionaries ever came to Latin America. Of course, there were other reasons for the initiative’s failure, but Illich and his Cuernavaca center provided the primary intellectual rationale for opposition to the initiative. Of the many progressive Catholics of the 1960s and 1970s, Illich was perhaps the shrewdest. His long-term strategy was surprisingly successful.

Keywords:   Catholic Church, missions, Ivan Illich, Latin America, failure

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