Pope Francis and Liberation Theology

Catholic News Service

Alejandro Crosthwaite, O.P., discusses the relationship between Pope Francis, the Jesuits and liberation theology.

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Christopher Rushlau | 5/14/2013 - 11:56am

Your comment form includes a subject block, but then what is entered as the subject does not show up.
The subject of my comment is, "This guy talks in complete sentences and paragraphs: he argues."

So the Chief Justice is asked by a guy to recite the Pledge of Allegiance without halt or hesitation, in ruturn for which the guy will give him a riding horse. The Chief starts, "We pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and the republic for which it--does that include the saddle?"

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Beth Cioffoletti | 5/14/2013 - 12:19pm

Where does liberation theology state that societal change can only come through violence? I have read some liberation theology (Penny Lernioux, Leonardo Boff) and seen it in practice in the base communities of HAiti, but I have not seen the notion of taking up arms against the oppressor given any validity. I understand that this may have happened in isolated and erroneous understandings of liberation theology, but that is not liberation theology as I understand it. I'm surprised to see this definition of liberation theology (taking up arms) being the basis of this video.

Peter Schwimer | 5/14/2013 - 1:18pm

Listen again. Fr clearly states that the Pope is unwilling to support that version (armed revolution). You are correct in thinking that most people consider liberation theology to be non violent afterall, Jesus was certainly revolutionary!

Xavier Wiechers | 5/14/2013 - 1:19pm

It surely shows the dominican priest does not know in depth what Liberation Theology is about. Most probably he has never been among those who suffer injustice, oppresion and hunger.
Violence is NOT heralded by the so called liberation theology, but a quest for a deep understanding of the plight of the poor and ignorants, a deep sense of love that requires us to extend our arms around them.
The fact that sometimes the oppressed feel the urgency to defende themselves violently against the vlolence exerted already on them, requires from all of us our understanding of their suffering, the need of companionship, the love we have been given to give to others. It is NOT a matter of supporting violence, it IS a matter of understanding other people's pleas, love them a HE loved us ans help them to get out of their suffering.
Most of times, it is not necessary to resort to violence but, to those of us who have been among the downtrodden, for them there's only one way out. our role as real christians is to love them and suppport them in everyway we can.

Roger Brown | 5/15/2013 - 10:43pm

Even Jesus said to put away the sword and healed the ear. Try looking at the history of the anabaptists' persecutions and their place in the Christian church from their formation to the present cooperation with the Catholic church. I think Francis is walking the walk in the Kingdom here and now not confusing it with divisive national politics.