Like the giants of mid-twentieth-century Europe, theologians working en conjunto are seizing the opportunity of the kairotic moment within which they find themselves in society and church. One of the latest was the first Ibero-American Meeting of Catholic Theology, held at Boston College in February. This meeting of theologians from Latin America and the United States, and conducted in Spanish, addressed the moment within which Latino/a and Latin American theology now stands in the life of the church. The “Boston Declaration” that came from that meeting captures the col- laborative spirit shared by many theologians today:
Although coming from a family of pioneer landholders who, by their industry had achieved some substance, Paterson wrote for all who were battling in the face of flood, drought and disaster. He saw life through the eyes of old Kiley who had to watch the country he had pioneered turned over to the mortgagees, of Saltbush Bill fighting a well-paid overseer for grass for his starving sheep, of Clancy of the Overflow riding contentedly through the smiling western plains: While the stock are slowly stringing,
Clancy rides behind them singing,
For the drover's life has pleasures
that the townsfolk never know.