Date of Award

Fall 2019

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History Department

First Advisor

Diego Armus


This article aims to investigate the changing political alignment of the Chilean Catholic Church following the fall of the dictatorship in the early 1990’s. The author brings together a primary source collection of of new articles, photographs, and interviews, as well as a secondary source collection of sociological surveys and historiography, to interrogate the process and outcome of this political transition. The article maintains that desires for hierarchical control and a rejection of past, progressive theology motivated Church leaders to transition the Church away from community based leadership, to clerical control.


Co-recipient of the Paul H. Beik Prize in History, awarded in 2020.

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