Father of Liberation Theology received an honorary doctorate yesterday

I had a brief opportunity to meet and interview Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez yesterday.  He said “liberation” also could mean “salvation” and “redemption” or what Paul means when he says in Galatians 5  “It is for freedom that Christ set us free.”

I’ll post a link when my story is published.  Fr. Gutierrez recently had eye surgery, so he was wearing the dark glasses to protect his eyes from bright lights.

 

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4 Responses to Father of Liberation Theology received an honorary doctorate yesterday

  1. Macy says:

    Liberation is a common word. Giving synonyms for it in no way lessens the inherent problem of Liberation Theology, i.e. the belief that practice is the source of truth, as opposed to the belief that truth, i.e. the good, is doable and must be done.

    Alas, Liberation Theology is often still taught and applied in Latin America in contrast to the Social Doctrine of the Church, which is accused of being “European” and moralistic.

    • Rev22:17 says:

      Macy,

      You wrote: Liberation is a common word. Giving synonyms for it in no way lessens the inherent problem of Liberation Theology, i.e. the belief that practice is the source of truth, as opposed to the belief that truth, i.e. the good, is doable and must be done.

      It’s true that the meaning of the word “liberation” depends upon context, and that “liberation” from one’s own sin does bring salvation in the theological sense.

      The real problem with so-called “liberation theology,” rather, is that it is actually a policical movement that distorts Christian theology, and this is intrinsically heretical, to advocate Marxist revolution and the establishment of a Marxist state which, paradoxically, ultimately enslaves the very people that it purports to liberate.

      You wrote: Alas, Liberation Theology is often still taught and applied in Latin America in contrast to the Social Doctrine of the Church, which is accused of being “European” and moralistic.

      Yes, heretics persevere in heresy, in spite of clear condemnations of their heresies by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and “notifications” from the same body with respect to their writings. But what else is new?

      Norm.

  2. Macy says:

    Nihil sub sole novum… 😉
    Quite true that LT is political, but even when the political is muted, as it seems GG is doing in the lines quoted by Foolishness, its even more essential problem, which I tried to identify in my comment, remains.

    • Rev22:17 says:

      Macy,

      You wrote: Quite true that LT is political, but even when the political is muted, as it seems GG is doing in the lines quoted by Foolishness, its even more essential problem, which I tried to identify in my comment, remains.

      In the writings of the early proponents of so-called Liberation Theology (Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez, Fr. Leonardo Boff, et al), it is very evident that their agenda is purely political and that their supposed “theology” is a mask. Attempts to downplay this reality are dishonest and deceitful at best, and probably demonic. After all, the scriptures tell us quite clearly that Satan is the Father of Lies.

      Norm.

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