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NPR: Examining Catholicism's Controversial Liberation Theology

28. maj 2015

The legacy of slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was beatified on Saturday, is tied to Liberation Theology. Renee Montagne talks to John Allen of the Boston Globe about the movement.

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The legacy of Oscar Romero is strongly linked to liberation theology, a left-leaning view of the church's role in society. For more on that controversial movement, we spoke to Boston Globe religion editor, John Allen, who traveled to San Salvador for the beatification.

JOHN ALLEN: Liberation theology was a movement in Catholic thought that arose in Latin America in the late '50s, early '60s and was basically born by a group of Catholic thinkers who were looking at the social reality of Latin America, which, at the time, was defined largely by crushing poverty and the domination of both wealth and political power by a very thin veneer of social elites, and who drew the conclusion that that was not the gospel vision of how life ought to work.

And so they began pressing the Catholic Church to stand on the side of the poor. It became a very controversial movement. It also became controversial in the Vatican, where there was concerns that it was overly given to relying on Marxist analysis in that it ended up blessing violence, and so titanic battles were fought. And so the kind of rehabilitation that has been going on under Pope Francis, all of that has been seen widely in the church as healing old wounds.

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Indhold på katidialog.dk: Oscar Romero