On the Side of the Poor: The Theology of Liberation

On the Side of the Poor The Theology of Liberation For many years the theology of liberation which emerged from Latin America in the s was viewed with suspicion and even hostility in Rome In this historic exchange Father Gustavo Guti rrez one

  • Title: On the Side of the Poor: The Theology of Liberation
  • Author: Gustavo Gutiérrez Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller
  • ISBN: 9781626981157
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback
  • For many years the theology of liberation, which emerged from Latin America in the 1970s, was viewed with suspicion and even hostility in Rome In this historic exchange, Father Gustavo Guti rrez, one of the original architects of liberation theology, and Cardinal Gerhard M ller, current Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, o er a new and positive chaFor many years the theology of liberation, which emerged from Latin America in the 1970s, was viewed with suspicion and even hostility in Rome In this historic exchange, Father Gustavo Guti rrez, one of the original architects of liberation theology, and Cardinal Gerhard M ller, current Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, o er a new and positive chapter Cardinal M ller, who as a student of Guti rrez spent many summers working in Peru, writes with deep feeling and conviction about the contributions of liberation theology to church teaching particularly in its articulation of the preferential option for the poor.In his own contribution here, Guti rrez lays out the essential ideas of liberation theology, its ecclesial location, and its fresh enunciation of the gospel for our time.Gustavo Guti rrez, a Dominican priest and theologian from Peru, is the author of A Th eology of Liberation, On Job God Talk and the Suffering of the Innocent, We Drink from Our Own Wells, The God of Life, and many other books He teaches at the University of Notre Dame.Gerhard Ludwig M ller was ordained a priest in 1971 After teaching dogmatic theology in Munich, he was appointed bishop of Regensberg In 2012 he was appointed Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith He was named a Cardinal in 2014.

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    1. Gustavo Gutiérrez Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller says:

      Gustavo Guti rrez Merino, O.P is a Peruvian theologian and Dominican priest regarded as the founder of Liberation Theology He holds the John Cardinal O Hara Professorship of Theology at the University of Notre Dame He has been professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and a visiting professor at many major universities in North America and Europe He is a member of the Peruvian Academy of Language, and in 1993 he was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government for his tireless work He has also published in and been a member of the board of directors of the international journal, Concilium.He has studied medicine and literature Peru , psychology and philosophy Leuven , and obtained a doctorate at the Institut Pastoral d Etudes Religieuses IPER , Universit Catholique in Lyon.The founder of liberation theology, he was born in Peru, and spent much of his life living and working among the poor of Lima.In September 1984, a special assembly of Peruvian bishops were summoned to Rome for the express purpose of condemning Guti rrez, but the bishops held firm.Guti rrez s groundbreaking work, A Theology of Liberation History, Politics, Salvation 1971 , explains his notion of Christian poverty as an act of loving solidarity with the poor as well as a liberatory protest against poverty.According to Guti rrez true liberation has three main dimensions First, it involves political and social liberation, the elimination of the immediate causes of poverty and injustice.Second, liberation involves the emancipation of the poor, the marginalised, the downtrodden and the oppressed from all those things that limit their capacity to develop themselves freely and in dignity Third, Liberation Theology involves liberation from selfishness and sin, a re establishment of a relationship with God and with other people.Liberation theology and Guti rrez have both been the subjects of repeated Papal scrutiny A Theology of Liberation History, Politics, Salvation was reviewed directly by then Cardinal Ratzinger and found to contain ideas which, in the view of conservative Catholics, were disturbing Although Guti rrez himself was not censured, many other liberation theologians received Papal censure Because of the perceived connection between followers of Liberation theology and leftist groups like the Sandinistas many liberation minded clergy were killed in Central American countries during the 1980s, most notably, Archbishop Oscar Romero.

    One thought on “On the Side of the Poor: The Theology of Liberation

    1. Gustavo Gutierrez is ALWAYS worth reading, and Mueller s two essays are also helpful However, I was a bit miffed when I first discovered that this is actually a translation of a book published in 2004, that already was a compilation of pieces from the 90s and early 2000s Buy this for its convenience, not its timeliness Even though it remains timely since, unfortunately, we still fail to heed the theology of liberation.


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