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Liberation theology, class warfare are 'archaic,' says head of CELAM

Catholic World News - June 03, 2014

The liberation-theology movement, which exerted enormous influence over the Church in Latin America during the 1970s and 1980s, is now “very archaic, if not already dead,” according to the president of the Latin American bishops’ conference, CELAM.

Speaking at a conference in Rome, Archbishop Carlos Aguiar Teres of Tlalnepantla, Mexico, said that the Church in Latin America has developed a “much wiser theological reflection” since the heyday of liberation theologian, abandoning theories of class warfare in pursuit of the “comprehensive liberation of man” that comes from “showing the merciful face of God the Father, the tenderness of God among us.”

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  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Jun. 12, 2014 11:23 PM ET USA

    It is too bad that it had not caught its death before it turned so much of Latin America into a socialist/communist cesspool. I do not understand why the Church does not see the inherent animosity of the all powerful state to God and his Church.

  • Posted by: normnuke - Jun. 04, 2014 11:23 AM ET USA

    If they go away entirely it won't be too soon.

  • Posted by: bruno.cicconi7491 - Jun. 03, 2014 6:05 PM ET USA

    What I mean is, class warfare might be demode, but many religious still seek in Marxist dialetics the categories for their discourse. It is not always so clear that the enemy is death, sin or satan. To many, man must be liberated from 'unjust social structures', and that always makes me raise my ear when I hear the word liberty in a Brazilian religious.

  • Posted by: bruno.cicconi7491 - Jun. 03, 2014 6:01 PM ET USA

    In Brazil we have, every Lent, the Fraternity Campaign, promoted by the National Bishops Conference. I have reservations about the campaign, because it always tries to call attention to some environmental or social problem and I think that this removes Lent of its deeper meaning. Anyway, this year's campaign song chorus, sang at the beginning of every mass: "For liberty we have / been liberated by Christ / Liberator Jesus!". We still have Liberation Theologists, though I grant they may be fewer

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