Catholic World News News Feature
Discipline confirmed for liberation theologian March 12, 2007
Father Jon Sobrino, an influential exponent of liberation theology, has been silenced by the Vatican, a Salvadoran archbishop has revealed.
Confirming a report that had first appeared in the Spanish newspaper El Mundo last week (and relayed by CWN on March 9), Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle of San Salvador told reporters that Father Sobrino has been barred from teaching at any Catholic university or publishing his theological works.
The Jesuit scholar-- who was born in Spain, but rose to prominence as a liberation-theology advocate in El Salvador, where he taught at the University of Central America-- was disciplined by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for his failure to affirm that Jesus Christ is divine.
Speaking on Sunday, March 12, after celebrating Mass in the cathedral at San Salvador, Archbishop Saenz said that the Vatican had been in dialogue with Father Sobrino for several years, warning the Jesuit theologian about the problems in his approach. Ultimately, he said, when Sobrino declined to revise his work, the Vatican concluded that his thoughts were incompatible with Church teaching.
Informed sources say that the Vatican will announce the disciplinary measures later this week. Father Sobrino has declined to comment.