Tim Padgett joined TIME in 1996 as Mexico City bureau chief covering Latin America. In 1999 he moved to Florida to become TIME’s Miami and Latin America bureau chief, reporting on the hemisphere from Tallahassee to Tierra del Fuego. He has chronicled Mexico’s democratization and drug war as well as the rise of Latin leaders like Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Hugo Chavez and is now a TIME contributor.
History — and statistics — is on the side of Catholic women. So why is the church leadership attacking its own?