Skip to comments.Benedict XVI cautions against dangers of Marxist liberation theology
Posted on 12/07/2009 6:45:39 PM PST by markomalley
Vatican City, Dec 7, 2009 / 11:42 am (CNA).- In a meeting with a group of Brazilian bishops on Saturday, the Holy Father warned of the dangers of Marxist liberation theology and noted its grave consequences for ecclesial communities.
During the ad limina visit, the Pope recalled that last August marked 25 years since the Instruction Libertatis nuntius of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, on certain aspects of liberation theology. The document "highlights the danger involved in the uncritical absorption, by certain theologians, of theses and methodologies that come from Marxism."
The Pope warned that the more or less visible scars of Marxist liberation theology, such as rebellion, division, dissent, offenses, anarchy, are still being felt, causing great suffering and a grave loss of dynamic strength in your diocesan communities.
For this reason, he exhorted all those who in some way feel attracted or affected by certain deceitful principles of liberation theology to re-visit the instruction and be open to the light that it can shed on the subject.
Benedict XVI also recalled that the supreme rule of faith of the Church in effect arises from the unity that the Spirit established between Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture and the Magisterium of the Church, in such reciprocity that they cannot subsist independently of each other, as John Paul II explained in his encyclical Fides et Ratio.
The Instruction Libertatis nuntius was published on August 6, 1984, with the approval of Pope John Paul II, by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Its purpose was to focus the attention of pastors, theologians and all the faithful on the deviations of certain forms of liberation theology that are dangerous for the faith and for the Christian life and that are based on Marxist thought.
It warned that the grave ideological deviations of Marxist liberation theology inevitably lead to the betrayal of the cause of the poor and that a Marxist analysis of reality leads to the acceptance of positions that are incompatible with the Christian vision of man.
Good to know he’s watching.
You may be interested in pinging your lists to this thread. The marxist theology of liberation has implications across a wide spectrum (to include the north south redistribution of wealth — called for in liberation theology — that the global warming crowd is trying to implement, using “climate change” as their latest excuse)
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Thanx, markomalley !
Thanks, Using all the tools I can to push my Priest and Deacon to speak out about Socialism/Marxism.
Is Fr. Pfleger listening?
You are vastly mis-interpreting what the Catholic Bishops are arguing for there. They want Pro-Life principles in the Health Care Bill; in other words, they want the Pro-Life amendments included so that whatever comes out, will respect life. Sadly after that, it becomes a prudential judgment for Catholics on support for or against.
Granted, considering the Catholic Social Justice principle of Subsidiarity and the Catholic Church’s opposition to Marxist ideology, the Catholic position should be to oppose it.
I think that the Brazilian Bishops got some heavy Pope speak, panzer tracks.
That’s not to say that the USCCB doesn’t have a liberal trend, but I doubt you will see any endorsement of Obamacare. They know something will pass and they are protecting their interest as Pro-Life and Hospital Administrators by working to ensure abortion isn’t enshrined in the bill.
I have, granted, misunderstood the news release, and I'm grateful for you pointing it out, before I could fire off any more white-hot emails.
I believe and will argue that it is proper to stand up for life at all stages of the debate.
However, I am just postponing my holy rage, because urging approval of any "anti-abortion" compromises is merely that, and it is a defacto support of this dysfunctional power grab known as "healthcare reform."
So we will patiently endure the charade because why, apart from some dispensation from on high, would we expect these vaunted robes to not support the swelling of the state, once the state nominally accedes to their "demands?"
As if the state gives a living rip about what a bunch of old men in black robes thinks.
Oh I agree that it’s unfortunate that the Bishops aren’t firmer supporters of the principle of subsidiarity.
comments on #13?