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Peruvian cardinal fears CDF prefect is 'naive' about liberation theology

October 17, 2013

A Peruvian cardinal has suggested that the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) may be “naïve” in his attitude toward liberation theology.

Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima questioned comments by Archbishop Gerhard Müller suggesting that Pope Francis was supportive of liberation theology. Archbishop Müller is a friend of Father Gustavo Gutierrez, a founder of the school of liberation theology, and the two have co-authored a book on the topic.

When Father Gutierrez visited Rome in September, Archbishop Müller called attention to the Pontiff’s meeting with the theologian. Cardinal Cipriani hinted that the event was exaggerated, saying: “Gustavo Gutierrez concelebrated Mass with the Pope and 25 other priests. At the end of the Mass, the Pope greeted everyone and he did the same with Gutiérrez.”

The Peruvian cardinal made it clear that he was not questioning the qualifications of Archbishop Müller-- who was appointed to his post by Pope Benedict, a strong critic of liberation theology. “No one questions his intellectual abilities,” Cardinal Cipriani said. But he stressed that the job of the CDF prefect is “to defend the sound doctrine of the Catholic faith.”


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  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Oct. 18, 2013 6:08 PM ET USA

    "Liberation Theology" borrows those things from theology which it finds convenient or suit its needs at any given instant. It teaches victimhood and group salvation. It also tends to lead to socialized big government solutions that do not work and lead folks to depend on government to assuage their guilt for not giving of their time or treasure. It leads to a class dependent upon the government for their needs. Both situations conspire against individual salvation which is the only real salvatio

  • Posted by: WBSM - Oct. 18, 2013 3:32 AM ET USA

    Certain theologies of liberation are a devastating plague which did an awful lot of damage to the Church in Latin America. Since the mere phrase/label "liberation theology" does not define what it is and does not distinguish between sound and erratic doctrine, a general condemnation of liberation theology is impossible. The situation is very difficult. In Brazil hoards of people already left the Church and joined innumerable sects. At the WYD I saw a single street with 27 storefront churches...