The Roman Catholic Church
The Roman Catholic Church has had only a minimal role
Uruguay because of a strong anticlerical bias bequeathed
Batlle y Ordóñez. Unlike many other Latin American
religion has not interfered in politics to any significant
extent. Although 66 percent of the population was
Catholic in 1990, less than half were practicing
church's main political wing was the PDC, which advocated
transformation through democratic means. In addition,
numerous lay organizations engaged in enhancing the
social relevance. These included the Catholic Workers'
Catholic Action, the Christian Democratic Youth Movement,
Catholic Family Movement. The conservatives had few
representatives among the clergy.
The election of Lacalle, a devout Catholic, may have
reflected ascending Catholic influence in the nation.
indicator of rising Catholic influence was the
1984 of the Catholic University of Uruguay in Montevideo,
country's only private university. However, the limits of
Catholic influence in Uruguay were highlighted in early
the failure of a proposal by Catholic conservatives in the
Colorado and National parties to ban the film Hail
which the church hierarchy regarded as "pornographic and
Data as of December 1990