May 19, 2015

LAST REDOUBT OF THE LONG WAR:

Catholic church warms to liberation theology as founder heads to Vatican (Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Rome and Jonathan Watts in Rio de Janeiro, 11 May 2015, The Guardian)

For decades, Gustavo Gutiérrez, a Peruvian theologian and Dominican priest, was treated with suspicion and even contempt by the Vatican's hierarchy, which saw him as a dangerous Marxist firebrand who used faith as an instrument of revolution.

Gutiérrez was the founder of a progressive movement within the Catholic church known as liberation theology, and while he was never censured in the manner that some of his philosophical compatriots were, there were often rumblings that Gutiérrez was being investigated by Pope John Paul II's doctrinal czar, a German cardinal named Joseph Ratzinger who would later become Pope Benedict.

But when the 86-year-old Peruvian arrives in Rome this week as a key speaker at a Vatican event, he will be welcomed as a guest, in a striking show of how Pope Francis - the first Latin American pontiff - has brought tenets of this sometimes controversial movement to the fore of his church, particularly in his pronouncements against the blight of poverty and the dangers of capitalism.

Next he'll return the Church to opposing democracy and protestantism....
Posted by at May 19, 2015 7:17 PM
  

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