Once scrutinized by the Holy See, Founder of 'liberation theology' visits Vatican

Posted By on July 14, 2019

he is widely considered the founder of Liberation Theology he was once scrutinized by the Vatican hierarchy but now the doors are opened his name is father Gustavo Gutierrez an 86 year old Peruvian theologian who led the controversial movement that ran across parts of Latin America in the 60s and 70s since the logo was I called to speak before the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith back then yes I was was it a very critical conversation yes but there was never a condemnation according to the movement it wasn't enough to sympathize with the needy the church it argued needed to actively side with the poor and push for social and political changes critics said it was too closely aligned with Marxism decades have passed and some of the misunderstandings of the movement have faded along with it just months ago Cardinal Gerhard Mueller who heads the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and who was appointed by benedict xvi presented a book along with father with debtors theology can help by giving a clear vision to those who are concretely dedicated to the practice of justice and charity the Vatican press conference was a way to shed light on the General Assembly of Caritas Internacional Eze which is the main charity arm of the church but the attention was on Gutierrez and whether his presence marked a shift in attitude when asked if he would change his past writings Gutierrez answered by posing a question of his own I told the reporter after being married for 20 years could you write the same love letter to your wife just like when you were dating he said no I couldn't I said well that's my case this is exactly it delving into theology is like writing a love letter to God my church and my people this is what theology is about I wouldn't write the same things I did years ago but the love is the same he adds that when Pope Francis talks about helping the poor it's not seen as a new theology but simply as a way to live out the gospel

Posted by Lewis Heart

This article has 4 comments

  1. clerical masonry infiltrated the church hierarchy, i am an ecumenical in philosopy but becoming a tradionalist as I expsoe my self in Arch. Marcel's writings

  2. Umm, I would say that JP2 condemned his 'theology" at that time. From what I understand, Fr. Gutierrez has changed his views and is in line with the teaching of Holy Mother Church.


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