Shocking News: Pope Francis “Thanks” Founder of Liberation Theology

The CATHOLIC HERALD reports this morning that: “Pope Francis praises founder of liberation theology”!

The Pope thanked Fr Gustavo Gutierrez for his ‘way of challenging everyone’s conscience’

Pope Francis wished a happy 90th birthday to the “father of liberation theology” and thanked him for his contributions to the Catholic Church and his love for the poor. […]

“Thank you for your efforts and for your way of challenging everyone’s conscience, so that no one remains indifferent to the tragedy of poverty and exclusion,” the Pope wrote.

Fr Gutierrez, a Peruvian, is one of the principal founders of liberation theology, which rose to prominence in South America in the 1960s and 1970s as a way of responding to the needs of Latin America’s poor and as a call for freedom from unjust social structures.

In the 1990s, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, then led by the future Pope Benedict XVI, expressed concerns about some currents of liberation theology, which he said were politicised and relied on Marxist ideas and analyses. Nevertheless, he praised zeal for social justice and the poor. […]

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However, the Catholic Church already has clear teachings on Social Justice in place: the Catechism of the Catholic Church (nos. 1928-1948), Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum of May 15, 1891, Pope Pius XI’s Quadragesimo Anno of May 15, 1931, and Pope Pius XII’s Summi Pontificatus of October 20, 1939, among many others.

When Evo Morales, the President of Bolivia, once presented the Pope with a now infamous “Communist Crucifix”— sculpted in the form of a Soviet-style hammer and sickle – it marked a low point in Bolivian diplomacy. To offer such a “gift” to the Pope was not only exploitive, but a profound insult to the millions of Christians murdered by Communists. It was also a reminder of how Marxism has infected, and often poisoned, Latin American Christianity through aberrant forms of liberation theology.

Liberation theology has often captivated good men, mostly priests, and deceived them into believing Christians could fruitfully collaborate with Marxists in building a more humane society. But the history of Latin American history in the twentieth century — particularly in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela — suggests otherwise. Committed Marxists do not believe in authentic dialogue, only tactical and ideological subversion. Karl Marx himself wrote: “Communists preach no morality at all.”

Liberation theology arose in the 1960s and 70s as a response to the widespread poverty and injustice in Latin America. It began with the Gospel premise that Christians have a special obligation to help the poor. But like so many theological movements which depart from sound Catholic principles, it began importing alien ideologies, and quickly went astray.

The errors of liberation theology have been well-documented and censured by the Magisterium. But since there have been renewed efforts to whitewash its past, those missteps bear repeating.

The first offense of liberation theology was one of presumption. Liberationists wrote as though God had granted them a new revelation—it was now time for a radical revision of Catholic teaching that incorporated the “insights” of Karl Marx. Liberationists ridiculed “non-transformative” modes of traditional charity, and maintained that in order to truly liberate the poor, it was necessary to radically change society’s fundamental structures—with violence, if necessary.

The second error of liberation theology has been its repeated calumnies. Although liberation theologians often complained—and still complain—of being unfairly treated, they have been in the forefront of launching reckless, ad hominen attacks against their critics.

Where Liberation Theology fails is in its dealing “only with earthly things” Cardinal Mueller once said at a press conference with Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez.

Pole Benedict XVI and Pope John Paul II were constant voices of warning and condemnation for these Marxist ideas inherent in the new movement given the benign and deviant name of Liberation Theology. Naturally, material, earthly goods are necessary for man’s survival, but the Son of God is the only One who liberates man from becoming a slave to his bodily needs and temptations.

Benedict XVI, during his tenure as prefect of the CDF, once wrote :

The first great challenge we faced was liberation theology, which spread in Latin America. Both in Europe and in North America it was common opinion that it constituted a support for the poor and was therefore of course approved. That was a mistake. The poverty and the poor were undisputedly the subject of liberation theology, but in a very specific perspective. (…) It was not about aid and reform, but the great revolution, from which a new world should emerge.The Christian faith was used as a motor of this revolutionary movement and thereby transformed into a political force. (…) Of course, these ideas were in different variants and they not always appeared with absolute clarity, but overall this was the thrust. Such a distortion of the Christian faith had to be resisted, especially out of love for the poor and the service that would be provided in their favour. ” (…)

John Paul II “Guided us, on the one hand to unmask a false idea of ​​liberation, on the other hand, to show the authentic vocation of the Church to the liberation of man.

In thanking the founder of Liberation Theology, Fr Gustavo Gutierrez, for his supposed “contributions to the Catholic Church”, is Pope Francis ignoring the evils of the movement’s Marxist ideology? Is Pope Francis once again sidelining the authority of his two Papal predecessors, both strong critics of Liberation Theology?

[Adapted from sources: First Things, Eponymous Flower, Catholic Herald]

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16 Responses to Shocking News: Pope Francis “Thanks” Founder of Liberation Theology

  1. This pope praises liberation theology?

    Of course.

    And does he praise traditional Catholic theology?

    Of course not.

  2. Brother Burrito says:

    I think Pope Francis was just wishing a happy birthday to a nonagenarian. It seems only polite to me not to bludgeon an elderly person for their former serious errors of thought. We can all thank those who challenge us, for their challenges, for “whatever doesn’t kill us makes us stronger”. (Nietzsche coined that line, you know that mentally ill intellectual guy who is credited with providing the philosophical horsepower behind both fascism AND communism/socialism).

    I still think Pope Francis is as sound as a pound, but is fighting against a lot of friendly fire. Some of that fire comes from this blog: Shame!

  3. Do your homework. Bergoglio is so far out in left field, how can you even defend him? I am ashamed to be a Catholic in the same Church as this man. If we want to call ourselves Catholic we need to know our faith. If you look at all the things this man has said that go against our Lord and the teachings of his real Church you would feel the same. ie. Homosexuality, adultery, religious indifferentism.

  4. Pope Francis IS ignoring the evils of this movement’s Marxist ideology!

  5. John says:

    Shock would require surprise wouldn’t it? I wouldn’t be the slightest surprised even if he said everyone was designed by God to be a gay liberation theologist.

  6. alohalady14 says:

    Traditional Catholic….. I TOTALLY agree with you, and I pray that Brother Burrito would open his eyes and see the TRUTH about this ‘supposed’ pope of ours. Pope Francis is NO FRIEND of Tradition, and the True teachings of the Church……there is no ands, if’s, or buts about it……. it’s plain as day ! Like you said…..”do your homework Brother Burrito”, look at ALL the things this pope has said and done, and if that doesn’t convince you then nothing will. I will say a prayer for you for the Holy Spirit to open your eyes.

  7. alohalady14 says:

    John…….you are right……how on earth is this SHOCKING news ??? Must be a misprint that C&P made….. right C&P ???😇

  8. mmvc says:

    I think Pope Francis was just wishing a happy birthday to a nonagenarian.

    Yep. Just as he publicly congratulated another old chum, the one he hailed as one of Italy’s “forgotten great” – Emma Bonino.

    The same Bonino who ‘has worked to liberalize Italian divorce laws, legalize recreational drugs, ban a national nuclear energy program, and has promoted nudism, same-sex “marriage,” transgenderism, the abolition of the armed forces, disbanding of NATO, the liberalization of porn laws, and mandatory sex education.’

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/abortionist-praised-by-pope-speaks-at-catholic-church-pro-life-protesters-k

  9. alohalady14 says:

    MMVC…….you forgot an important one……”MOST PROMINENT ABORTION ADVOCATE”……. I believe that’s what it said on Life Site News.

  10. mmvc says:

    Thanks, alohalady. That list of her ‘achievements’ was also from LifeSite and I took for granted that her major role in the abortion ‘industry’ was included. These details from the same article are really chilling:

    ‘At 27, Bonino had an illegal abortion and then worked with the Information Centre on Sterilization and Abortion which boasted over 10,000 abortions. There are famous photos of Bonino performing illegal abortions using a homemade device operated by a bicycle pump. Arrested for the then-illegal activity she spent a few days in jail and was acquitted and entered politics.’

    Lord, have mercy on her! Lord, have mercy on us all!

  11. kathleen says:

    The Pope thanked Fr Gustavo Gutierrez for his ‘way of challenging everyone’s conscience’

    Rubbish! Fr Gutierrez didn’t “challenge” people’s consciences; he poisoned them with evil Marxist ideology. When on earth will Pope Francis get something right?
    But nonagenarian Gutierrez is his sort of guy – right? – someone (like the villainous Emma Bonino) who promotes teachings that directly oppose those of Christ and His Holy Catholic Church.

  12. geoffkiernan says:

    Dear BB: Your naivety is breathtaking. May I suggest that you are part of the problem. You really should get out a little more . Shame.

  13. Stephen says:

    It isn’t Marxist ideology. That specific concern was addressed back in the 1980s and Fr Gutierrez corrected the places of concern.

  14. johnhenrycn says:

    You may be right, Stephen. I never seriously followed Liberation Theology. Before my Catholic time, it was. In any case, why should anyone read – let alone accept – your undocumented, unsupported, unlinked, vain bald faced personal opinion? Please don’t waste my time ever again. You will pay.

    Go back to the National Catholic Reporter where the shipwreck, formerly known as the Barque of Peter, is celebrated. Okay, not exactly a shipwreck (never will be) but listing toward the lee shore shoals, what, what?

    Lovely weather, don’t you think? Over here it is. Went to a Catholic cemetery this morning to buy my grave, but the dust-to-dust manager doesn’t work weekends, even though Charon does.

  15. Liberation theology has been condemned by the Church, but I guess Bergoglio didn’t get the memo.

  16. Stephen says:

    When? In Then-Cardinal Ratzinger’s CDF document? No, actually, he made it clear he was not condemning it, though he did criticize it. Fr. Guiterrez publicly repudiated the problems Cardinal Ratzinger pointed out and his theology was reconciled to orthodoxy.

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