Trajecta: tijdschrift voor de geschiedenis van het katholiek leven in de Nederlanden vol:12 pages:53-75
The answers to the development issue, formulated by the Leuven University Parish, underwent a considerable evolution during the first fifteen years of its existence. Initially, the parish's approach was mainly charitable. This changed under the influence of Ita I Unidad. From then on, the emphasis was laid on a change in mentality and on influencing public opinion. New, left wing elements critical of the social structure coloured the UP's vision of the Third World. In the first half of the 1970s, a parallel was even drawn between the suppression of the poor in development countries and the problems of the working classes at home. The dynamics surrounding development co-operation were accompanied by a particular attitude that was critical of the church: the up demanded of the church that it engage in politics in a much clearer and progressive way. In all those years the up had a certain, initially even a considerable, influence on Leuven student dynamics concerning third world issues.