We changed our server to escape an attack on 12/18. Contact form, CC mailings, and donations not working yet.
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

CDF head sees liberation theology strengthened by elimination of Marxist influence

Catholic World News - February 26, 2014

Introducing a new book on liberation theology, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) said that the elimination of Marxist influences had produced an important “clarification” of the controversial movement.

Cardinal Gerhard Müller spoke at a February 26 event at the Vatican, introducing his book Poor for the Poor: the Mission of the Church. The book, which explores the thought of liberation theology, includes an introduction by Pope Francis and two chapters by Father Gustavo Gutierrez, the Peruvian theologian who is widely recognized as the most influential figure in the movement.

Father Gutierrez, a longtime friend of Cardinal Müller, also spoke at the book-launching event. The 85-year-old theologian said that the inspiration for liberation theology came directly from Vatican II, with its call for the Church to serve the poor. He said that the Church is always called “to serve and to search for the image of Christ in every man and go toward the ends of the earth and peripheries, as Pope Francis invites us to do.”

The CDF, under then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, issued a caution about liberation theology in 1984, specifically warning against the Marxist influence that had emerged in the theological school. However the CDF also acknowledged the value of the movement’s “preferential option for the poor,” and Pope Benedict XVI appointed Cardinal Müller, a former student of Father Gutierrez, to head the CDF.

Cardinal Müller said that the criticism of Marxist influence was a necessary corrective for liberation theology, adding that it is natural that an emerging school of thought requires criticism and clarification.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

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 seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($27,692 to go):
$150,000.00 $122,307.96
18% 82%
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.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle 22 hours ago
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed 23 hours ago
The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? December 18
The Complexity of Reforming Religious Communities December 17
Speaking Softly to Women Religious December 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17