Philip Williams

Philip Williams

Philip J. Williams is professor and director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida.

The Catholic Church and Politics in Nicaragua and Costa Rica

Unlike most recent studies of the Catholic Church in Latin America, Philip J. Williams analyzes the Church in two very dissimilar political contexts-Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Despite the obvious differences, Williams argues that in both cases the Church has responded to social change in remarkably similar fashion. The efforts of progressive clergy to promote change in both countries have been largely blocked by Church hierarchy, fearful that such change will threaten the Church's influence in society.