Skip to comments.Liberation Theology is back as Pope Francis holds capitalism to account
Posted on 01/08/2014 5:21:54 PM PST by ebb tide
Liberation Theology is taking over the Vatican a quarter of a century after Jean-Paul II systematically sought to stamp out the "singular heresy" in the radical parishes and dioceses of Latin America, a task carried out with dutiful efficiency by Cardinal Ratzinger at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
Wow - If he said something like that, he's an idiot.
Maybe Jeremiah Wright can be a Cardinal.
If he said something like that...he might be just naive (and no...I am not a Catholic).
It’s reasonable to recognize that we should not put our trust in princes of any kind. Not even capitalist princes. I fear that the backlash over what sounds like a flirtation with liberal secular politics (though it does not actually come out and advocate them) will simply be a robust cheer for capitalism and actually FORGET God.
More due to well-intention naivete than evil.
“If he said something like that...he might be just naive.”
No, he’s a Jesuit.
From whatever source, Liberation Theology is Marxism in a very thin Religious Wrapper.
Liberation Theology and the KGB
Jay Richards | February 2, 2010
The presence of Marxism in liberation theology is well-known, at least to seminarians who are critical readers. Practically every seminarian reads Gustavo Gutierrezs Theology of Liberation at some point, but most laypeople find it hard to believe that there could have been (and continues to be) a widespread attempt to hybridize Christian theology and Marxism.
Marxist regimes obviously benefitted from the spread of liberation theology in the churches. Still, I was not aware of any connections between liberation theology and communist clandestine organizations until now.
A new article by Robert D. Chapman in the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence begins to connect some dots. In The Church in Revolution, Chapman, a retired operations officer in the Clandestine Services Division of the Central Intelligence Agency, argues that the KGB infiltrated the Russian Orthodox Church through Metropolitan Nikodim, the Russian Orthodoxys second-ranking prelate. Nikodim was a proponent of liberation theology. Nikodim was active in the otherwise-Protestant World Council of Churches. And the WCC, of course, became an actively left-wing organization during the last half of the 20th century.
Chapman also details the growth of liberation theology in Latin Americaand the Vaticans struggles with itand the growth of black liberation theology in the United States. Prominent proponents of the latter include James Cone and Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
The arguments of liberation theologians should be challenged on their merits. The source of an argument, after all, doesnt establish its truth or falsity. Still, its interesting to learn that liberation theology may have been, at least in part, a project of the KGB.
Unfortunately, this isnt just history. Chapman concludes ominously:
"the Theology of Liberation doctrine is one of the most enduring and powerful to emerge from the KGBs headquarters. The doctrine asks the poor and downtrodden to revolt and form a Communist government, not in the name of Marx or Lenin, but in continuing the work of Jesus Christ, a revolutionary who opposed economic and social discrimination.
A friend of mine, a head of Catholic social services in my area and formerly a priest, is a liberation theologian. He has made a number of humanitarian trips to Central America and told me, liberation theology is alive and well. The same can be said of its sibling in the United States [ie, Black Liberation Theology]."
In March of 2007, FOX News host Sean Hannity had engaged Obamas pastor in a heated interview about his Churchs teachings. For many viewers, the ensuing shouting match was their first exposure to "Black Liberation Theology"...
Like the pro-communist Liberation Theology that swept Central America in the 1980s and was repeatedly condemned by Pope John Paul II, Black Liberation Theology combines warmed-over 1960s vintage Marxism with carefully distorted biblical passages. However, in contrast to traditional Marxism, it emphasizes race rather than class. The Christian notion of "salvation" in the afterlife is superseded by "liberation" on earth, courtesy of the establishment of a socialist utopia.
Catholics for Marx [Liberation Theology]
By Fr. Robert Sirico
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, June 03, 2004
In the days when the Superpowers were locked in a Cold War, Latin America seethed with revolution, and millions lived behind an iron curtain, a group of theologians concocted a novel idea within the history of Christianity. They proposed to combine the teachings of Jesus with the teachings of Marx as a way of justifying violent revolution to overthrow the economics of capitalism.
The Gospels were re-rendered not as doctrine impacting on the human soul but rather as windows into the historical dialectic of class struggle. These "liberation theologians" saw every biblical criticism of the rich as a mandate to expropriate the expropriating owners of capital, and every expression of compassion for the poor as a call for an uprising by the proletarian class of peasants and workers.
The Real Story Behind Rev. Wright's Controversial Black Liberation Theology Doctrine
Monday , May 5, 2008
[special Friday night edition--original airdate May 2, 2008]
(some key excerpts)
["(Jose) Diaz-Balart is the son of Rafael Diaz-Balart y Guitierrez (a former Cuban politician). He has three bothers, Rafael Diaz-Balart (a banker), Mario Diaz-Balart (a US Congressman) and Lincoln Diaz-Balart (also a US Congressman). His aunt, Mirta Diaz-Balart, was Fidel Castro's first wife."
JOSE DIAZ-BALART, TELEMUNDO NETWORK: "Liberation theology in Nicaragua in the mid-1980's was a pro-Sandinista, pro-Marxist, anti-U.S., anti-Catholic Church movement. That's it. No ifs, ands, or buts. His church apparently supported, in the mid-'80s in Nicaragua, groups that supported the Sandinista dictatorships and that were opposed to the Contras whose reason for being was calling for elections. That's all I know. I was there.
I saw the churches in Nicaragua that he spoke of, and the churches were churches that talked about the need for violent revolution and I remember clearly one of the major churches in Managua where the Jesus Christ on the altar was not Jesus Christ, he was a Sandinista soldier, and the priests talked about the corruption of the West, talked about the need for revolution everywhere, and talked about 'the evil empire' which was the United States of America."
REV. BOB SCHENCK, NATIONAL CLERGY COUNCIL: "it's based in Marxism. At the core of his [Wright's] theology is really an anti-Christian understanding of God, and as part of a long history of individuals who actually advocate using violence in overthrowing those they perceive to be oppressing them, even acts of murder have been defended by followers of liberation theology. That's very, very dangerous."
SCHENCK: "I was actually the only person escorted to Dr. Wright. He asked to see me, and I simply welcomed him to Washington, and then I said Dr. Wright, I want to bring you a warning: your embrace of Marxist liberation theology. It is contrary to the Gospel, and you need, sir, to abandon it. And at that he dropped the handshake and made it clear that he was not in the mood to dialogue on that point."
Source: The Real Story Behind Rev. Wright's Controversial Black Liberation Theology Doctrine:
Authoritarians everywhere. Capitalism is a Marxist misnomer.
The free exchange of goods and services is the only way for humanity to improve. A hierarchical authority structure will always stagnate.
Bizarre. Human civilization came into existence as a result of capitalism, and cannot exist without it. Why is the Pope against civilization?
Kinda like the chamber of commerce is just marxism with a thin veneer of free marketeering.
They were just fine till those meddling tea partiers started talking about cronyism and corporate welfare and they started squealing like pigs.
By Joseph Ratzinger
Dec 9, 2004
The following is to a “private” document which preceded the Instruction of Fall 1984.
1. Liberation theology is a phenomenon with an extraordinary number of layers. There is a whole spectrum from radically Marxist positions, on the one hand, to the efforts which are being made within the framework of a correct and ecclesial theology, on the other hand, a theology which stresses the responsibility which Christians necessarily hear for the poor and oppressed, such as we see in the documents of the Latin American Bishops’ Conference (CELAM) from Medellin to Puebla.
In what follows, the concept of liberation theology will be understood in a narrower sense: it will refer only to those theologies which, in one way or another, have embraced the Marxist fundamental option.
Here too there are many individual differences, which cannot be dealt with in a general discussion of this kind. All I can do is attempt to illuminate certain trends which, notwithstanding the different nuances they exhibit, are widespread and exert a certain influence even where liberation theology in this more restricted sense does not exist.
2. An analysis of the phenomenon of liberation theology reveals that it constitutes a fundamental threat to the faith of the Church. At the same time it must be borne in mind that no error could persist unless it contained a grain of truth. Indeed, an error is all the more dangerous, the greater that grain of truth is, for then the temptation it exerts is all the greater.
Furthermore, the error concerned would not have been able to wrench that piece of the truth to its own use if that truth had been adequately lived and witnessed to in its proper place (in the faith of the Church).
So, in denouncing error and pointing to dangers in liberation theology, we must always be ready to ask what truth is latent in the error and how it can be given its rightful place, how it can be released from error’s monopoly.
3. Liberation theology is a universal phenomenon in three ways:
a. It does not intend to add a new theological treatise to those already existing, i.e., it does not wish to develop new aspects of the Church’s social ethics. Rather it sees itself as a new hermeneutics of the Christian faith, a new way of understanding Christianity as a whole and implementing it. Thus it affects theology in its basic constitution, not merely in aspects of its content. So too it alters all forms of Church life: the Church’s constitution, liturgy, catechesis, moral options.
b. While liberation theology today has its center of gravity in Latin America, it is by no means an exclusively Latin American phenomenon. It is unthinkable apart from the governing influence of European and North American theologians. But it is also found in India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Taiwan and in Africa, though in the latter case the search for an “African theology” is in the foreground. The Union of Third World Theologians is strongly characterized by an emphasis on the themes of liberation theology.
c. Liberation theology goes beyond denominational borders:
from its own starting point it frequently tries to create a new universality for which the classical church divisions are supposed to have become irrelevant.
I The concept of liberation theology and its origins and preconditions
These preliminary remarks have brought us right to the heart of the subject, without, however, dealing with the central question: what is liberation theology?
Initially we said that liberation theology intends to supply a new total interpretation of the Christian reality; it explains Christianity as a praxis of liberation and sees itself as the guide to this praxis. However, since in its view all reality is political, liberation is also a political concept and the guide to liberation must he a guide to political action:
“Nothing lies outside ... political commitment. Everything has a political color.” A theology that is not “practical”; i.e., not essentially political, is regarded as “idealistic” and thus as lacking in reality, or else it is condemned as a vehicle for the oppressors’ maintenance of power.
A theologian who has learned his theology in the classical tradition and has accepted its spiritual challenge will find it hard to realize that an attempt is being made, in all seriousness, to recast the whole Christian reality in the categories of politico-social liberation praxis.
This is all the more difficult because many liberation theologians continue to use a great deal of the Church’s classical ascetical and dogmatic language while changing its signification. As a result, the reader or listener who is operating from a different background can gain the impression that everything is the same as before, apart from the addition of a few somewhat unpalatable statements, which, given so much spirituality, can scarcely be all that dangerous.
The very radicality of liberation theology means that its seriousness is often underestimated, since it does not fit into any of the accepted categories of heresy; its fundamental concern cannot be detected by the existing range of standard questions.
I would like to try, therefore, to approach the basic orientation of liberation theology in two steps: first by saying something about its presuppositions, which make it possible, and then by referring to some of its basic concepts, which reveal something of its structure.
What could have led to that complete new orientation of theological thought that is expressed in liberation theology? In the main I see three factors which made it possible.
1. After the Council a new theological situation had arisen, again characterized by three assertions:
a. The view arose that the existing theological tradition was largely no longer adequate, and that, as a result, an entirely new theological and spiritual orientation needed to be sought directly from Scripture and from the signs of the times.
b. The idea of a turning to the world, of responsibility for the world, frequently deteriorated into a naive belief in science which accepted the human sciences as a new gospel without wanting to see their limitations and endemic problems. Psychology, sociology and the Marxist interpretation of history seemed to be scientifically established and hence to become unquestionable arbiters of Christian thought.
c. The criticism of tradition applied by modern Evangelical exegesis, in particular by Rudolf Bultmann and his school, similarly became a firm theological authority, cutting off the path to theology in its prior form and so encouraging people all the more to produce new constructions.
2. This changed theological situation coincided with a changed intellectual situation. At the end of the phase of reconstruction after the Second World War, which corresponded roughly to the end of the Council, a tangible vacuum of meaning had arisen in the Western world to which the still dominant existentialist philosophy could give no answer. In this situation the various brands of neo-marxism became a moral impulse, also holding out a promise of meaning that was practically irresistible to the academic youth. Bloch’s Marxism with its religious veneer and the strictly scientific appearance of the philosophies of Adorno, Horkheimer, Habermas and Marcuse offered models of action by which people believed they could respond to the moral challenge of misery in the world as well as realize the proper meaning of the biblical message.
3. The moral challenge of poverty and oppression presented itself in an ineluctable form at the very moment when Europe and North America had attained a hitherto unknown affluence. This challenge evidently called for new answers which were not to be found in the existing tradition. The changed theological and philosophical situation was a formal invitation to seek the answer in a Christianity which allowed itself to be guided by the models of hope apparently scientifically grounded put forward by marxist philosophies.
Pope Francis is not a proponent of Liberation Theology; never has been. Just because he’s against the crony capitalism that destroys economies all over the world, doesn’t mean he’s against capitalism in general, nor is he in favor of Marxism, socialism, or communism.
Agree. As usual we have the media hacks at work. For a fuller understanding read this from a true Catholic scholar.
Francis was never a member of the Liberation Theology movement in his native Argentina, even if it shaped his thinking. He now regrets not having taken a stronger stance against the military junta, though the moral choices facing priests was not clear-cut. Some of his fellow Jesuits joined clandestine rebel forces. An Irish Jesuit served as pastor - with a rifle on his back - in Guatemala's Guerrilla Army of the Poor (EGP). Indeed, the Guatemalan army viewed the EGP as a Jesuit outfit. But in fanning the flames of revolt, these ultra-radical priests turned their catechists into targets of military repression.
Be that as it may, Francis is now making amends. Professor Harvey Cox from Harvard University writes in the Nation that one of the Pope's first gestures after his acclamation was to invite Peru's Gustavo Gutiérrez to Rome. This is highly significant. He is the priest who wrote the original "Magna Carta" for Liberation Theology in 1968, the symbol of the movement. They celebrated Mass together, then had breakfast.
Novak: True Catholic scholar?
As a Catholic, this Pope concerns me. Maybe he’s just playing rope-a-dope, but he comes off as a typical politician wooing both sides of an issue. It’s been seemingly hard to pin him down, or he has allowed himself to be easily misquoted/misconstrued. I hope that he has some long term plan to reel in the sheep with this strategy.
Don’t meddle, Expose it ALL.
The Black Pope
As opposed to Jesus, a first-century Palestinian Jew:
The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. (Mat 26:11; Mk 14:7; and Jn 12:8)It was pronounced ineluctable far before America or "Europe" by the creator of the world — and utterly irrespective of economic/political/monetary system.
The question I have is that could it be that the Pope is really is warning against “crony capitalism” which is really socialism in a 3-piece suit?
If he is sounding off against “crony capitalism” he isn’t getting the message out very well. Personally, I think the Catholic Church has fallen to infiltration, just like our Federal Government.
Yes, he is a Jesuit. I understand.
.....With a “Francisian spirituality”.
Or maybe just interpeting it different.
Novak: True Catholic scholar?
Not being a Catholic I am doubtless a suspect source to be critiquing a true Catholic scholar, but having followed the link, all I see is an article entitled Agreeing with Pope Francis - and heavily quoting (and linking to) an encyclical by John Paul II.
You might not like the implication that JP II knew something about economics that Francis doesnt but - Novak asserts - a Papal Encyclical is a more weighty pronouncement than an Apostolic Exhortation. And, having lived under socialsm - starting under the Nazi occupation in 1940 and continuing under Soviet occupation straight through to his elevation to the papacy - JP II knew something about governmental care for the poor in practice.
Did it occur to the author that inviting the priest to breakfast, and celebrating Mass together doesn’t constitute the Pope’s approval of liberation theology?
I don’t know. I’m not the author; but please see Post 28.
The Pope should take note of the Tenth Commandment.