Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Complicated Relationship With Liberation Theology

The former Jesuit Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has had a complicated relationship with liberation theology, clashing with left-leaning members of his Jesuit order who took up its politicized call to confront Argentina’s violent military dictatorship in the 1970s.
Nevertheless, Francis fully embraces its call for the church to have a “preferential option for the poor.”
The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, has been on a rehabilitation campaign of sorts, saying that with the first Latin American pope, liberation theology can no longer “remain in the shadows to which it has been relegated for some years, at least in Europe.”
Link (here) to read the full story at the Globe and Mail

1 comment:

Qualis Rex said...

Going through Jesuit University, I absolutely swallowed the "liberation theology" flavored kool-aid. I was taught (and believed) it was the current and accepted extension/interpretation of the gospels regarding the poor. I read most of the books (required reading) and it never dawned on me to question it until years later. The linked article here is written by the AP. I'd prefer to see the piece by l'osservatore (have not found it). This AP piece appears to be creating its own version of reality on the subject...which is actually what liberation theology itself does.