Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Pope Francis a liberation-theology buff? That's a misconception

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | May 28, 2013

By now it should be clear that every time Pope Francis speaks about the needs of the poor—and he speaks on that topic frequently—secular commentators will rush to announce that the Pope has embraced leftist political principles. If you often find yourself in conversations with people influenced by those mistaken commentaries, you should be prepared to set them straight.

Toward that end I highly recommend Samuel Gregg’s piece, Pope Francis and Liberation Theology, on the National Review site. As Gregg observes, although many reporters claim that the Holy Father is sympathetic to liberation theology, the Pope’s actual words and deeds say otherwise. While he has been friendly on a personal level with some individuals prominent in the school, Cardinal Bergoglio/Pope Francis has always steered clear of their ideological products.

What Pope Francis actually does embrace, Gregg continues, is a separate approach, known as the teologia del pueblo, which “tends to be translated into bottom-up and locally based approaches to poverty.” That school of thought is sympathetic toward the plight of the poor, but hostile to big-government solutions and social engineering.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($18,914 to go):
$35,000.00 $16,086.48
54% 46%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 3: Ecclesiastical Discipline April 17
The Holy Spirit and Evangelization: A Primer April 16
Journey to the Sun: A Strange Biography of Junípero Serra April 16
Russia's demographic recovery + US demographic decline = danger April 16
James Carroll strikes (at the Church) again April 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis's Easter Message 'Urbi et Orbi' (To the City and the World): full text, link to video CWN - 12 hours ago
Pope Francis: Easter Vigil homily (full text) CWN - 12 hours ago