In this masterful review of the Church's origins and history in Latin America, the authors trace the influences, trends and consequences in a sociological context. The facts, as gathered and described here, stand as an indictment of ""blindfolded"" Catholicism which has characterized the thinking of many of the clergy of the past. Clearer understanding of the facts of the absence of a spirit of membership in the Church and absence of attachment to the religious group follows their analysis of the social changes going on for years. The authors sound a hopeful note by citing the amazing spread of the revolution within the Church itself which has changed its face through recognition of the reality of not how things should be but how they really are. They see growing recognition of the de-Christianisation which has been going on and cite evidence of adaption of intellectual, social and pastoral approaches to overcome the process. This book is a stimulating contribution to deeper understanding of the problems of the Church in Latin America.