Monday, June 2, 2014

Liberation Theology Is Very Archaic, If Not Already Dead

While in Rome last week, the president of the Latin American Bishops’ Council said at a news conference that the Church in the region has fortunately moved beyond liberation theology. “The relevant figures of liberation theology are all very elderly, and liberation theology as such, as the expression of what it was, is very archaic, if not already dead,” commented Archbishop Carlos Aguiar Retes of Tlalnepantla May 27 at the offices of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.
"There were efforts by some liberation theologians to clarify their theology,” he said. “But that was during the 1970s and 80s, and today, thank God, we have a much wiser theological reflection that does not neglect the necessary, comprehensive, liberation of man.” "Now it is not about class warfare, with the confrontation between rich and poor, because as we know, for the Church this is not the way to social liberation.”
Archbishop Aguiar explained that liberation theology "had been put forth with a sociological foundation that did not square with theological foundations," and that consequently "that is where it fell apart." True liberation, he said, "is showing the merciful face of God the Father, the tenderness of God among us”; this strengthens the human condition, the family as the place where the person matures and is educated, and prepares future generations to be leaders in all areas of society, "whether social, economic, or political." This task, Archbishop Aguiar reflected, “is one that Pope Francis has described in ‘Evangelii Gaudium.’”
Link (here) to CNA 
Tons of stuff on Liberation Theology and Jesuits (here)


TonyD said...

I'm no fan of liberation theology. At the same time, that doesn't mean that there aren't some real truths reflected in that philosophy. I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the importance of so-called "class warfare". And, like so many things, there are religious implications to seemingly worldly issues.

So, while I wouldn't mistake liberation theology for real theolog, I would view it as sometimes reflecting appropriate values and judgments.

Anonymous said...

More or less dead than this blog?

Remember when you announced six years ago that the Jesuits were facing a "nightmare scenario" that would lead to their demise?

And now you're just reposting old garbage because no one cares?

Joseph Fromm said...

You cared enough to comment