‚Kirche für die Armen‘: Börsenspekulanten vs Befreiungstheologen Father Gutiérrez, Archbishop Romero, Father d’Escoto – NYTimes
‚Kirche für die Armen‘: Börsenspekulanten vs Befreiungstheologen Father Gutiérrez, Archbishop Romero, Father d’Escoto
A Church for the Poor – NYTimes
LONDON — Pope Francis grabbed headlines recently when he announced that Rome had lifted the block on sainthood for Archbishop Óscar Romero (Foto) of San Salvador, who was shot dead while saying Mass in 1980. But much less attention was given to another of the pope’s actions, one that underscores a significant shift inside the Vatican under the first Latin American pope in the history of the Roman Catholic Church. ….
Washington shared the Polish pope’s fears that the new theology could open another door to Communist infiltration of Latin America. The C.I.A. created a special unit that informed on hundreds of radical priests and nuns, many of whom became victims of the region’s military dictatorships. ….
The perspectives of the West, which have for so long dominated the thinking of the Vatican, are being augmented by those of Latin America. A new historical moment has arrived. Pope Francis is taking a risk. Conservatives, who are already muttering about other changes in this new Franciscan era, are not happy. But at a time when the economic gap between the rich and the poor is widening, the pope’s rehabilitation of liberation theology is timely and most welcome.
Paul Vallely is a director of The Tablet, an international Catholic weekly, and the author of “Pope Francis: Untying the Knots.”