Argentinians Ditching the Church. Alright, let’s talk about Argentina – the Pope’s turf, where more and more folks are saying “see ya” to the church vibes. We’re talking about people who believe in angels as aliens, proud witches, and a spiritual guru who ghosted the Vatican. These are the “nones” – the cool Argentinians who aren’t really into organized religion.
Vatican Trip Gone Wrong: Pablo’s Story
So, there’s this guy, Pablo Robles. He grew up Catholic but did a 180 after a trip to the Vatican in 2000. Imagine being at a papal Mass, hearing about humility, while standing next to a gold column that’s basically a small apartment. That got Pablo thinking, “This ain’t the truth.” Back home, he kicked the Catholic label and dove into astrology, Buddhism, and Sufism. Now, he’s all about using music, yoga, and reiki to help others connect spiritually.
Catholicism’s Losing Its Shine: Argentina’s Shift
Most Argentinians are Christian, and Catholicism used to be the boss. But times have changed. Scandals, the church’s stance on hot-button issues – people are not feeling it anymore. More Argentinians are on the hunt for spiritual answers beyond the church walls.
Rise of the “Nones”: Hugo Rabbia Breaks It Down
Argentinians Ditching the Church. Hugo Rabbia, the psych prof, spilled the tea on the rise of the “nones” in Argentina. Over the past 15 years, the crew saying “no religion” doubled. And it’s not just an Argentina thing; it’s happening worldwide. Rabbia thinks it’s tied to debates on sex and reproductive rights that got folks questioning their ties to old-school religions.
Church’s Wake-Up Call: Bishop Sergio Keeps It Real
Bishop Sergio Buenanueva from Cordoba is laying down some truth. He’s saying the church needs to chill on the judgment if they wanna connect with the “nones,” especially the young crowd. He’s all about meeting people where they’re at, not throwing shade. It’s a call for the church to get back to what really matters, according to Jesus.
Saying Goodbye to Faith: Lin Pao Rafetta’s Move
Some Argentinians are making it official by formally quitting the Catholic Church. Lin Pao Rafetta is part of the crew leading the apostasy movement. She had her reasons to ditch the institution, even if it cost her a gig at a Jesuit university.
Spiritual Hub: Capilla del Monte’s Scene
Capilla del Monte in Cordoba province is like the spiritual hotspot of Argentina. Some say it’s got powerful energy, maybe even some extraterrestrial action. People there are on a whole different vibe, searching for meaning in life, not just hunting for UFOs.
From Choir to Witch: Ana Ottobre’s Ride
Meet Ana Ottobre – went from singing in a Catholic choir to rocking the tattoo artist life, proudly calling herself a witch. Catholicism felt too restrictive for her, and now she’s all about the holistic world, helping folks on their spiritual journey.
Uruguay Keeps It Cool: Less Religion, More Secular Vibes
Now, let’s hop across the river to Uruguay. It’s a whole different vibe there. More than half the folks identify as atheist, agnostic, or just not tied to any religion. They’ve got a history of keeping it secular, banning mentions of God in oaths and secularizing holidays like Holy Week turning into Tourism Week.
Uruguay’s Atheist Icon: Jose Mujica’s Take
Jose Mujica, Uruguay’s famous atheist and former president, thinks religions are kinda full of themselves. He believes heaven and hell are right here, in the massive universe. For him, we come from nothing.
So, that’s the lowdown on Argentina’s changing spiritual scene and Uruguay’s laid-back approach to religion. The “nones” are on the rise, looking for meaning outside the traditional church hustle.