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Monday, March 12, 2007

Another Liberal Priest Bites The Dust

San Salvador, Mar. 12, 2007 ( - Father Jon Sobrino, an influential exponent of liberation theology, has been silenced by the Vatican, a Salvadoran archbishop has revealed...

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: 'Liberation Theology' is the epitome of modern Liberalism, and it is officially condemned by the Roman Catholic Church...
Liberation theology is a school of theology that focuses on Jesus Christ as not only the Redeemer but also the Liberator of the Oppressed. It emphasizes the Christian mission to bring justice to the poor and oppressed, particularly through political activism. Some elements of certain liberation theologies have been rejected by the Holy See of the Roman Catholic Church.

At its inception, liberation theology was predominantly found in the Catholic Church after the Second Vatican Council although some suggest that it was first articulated by Dietrich Bonhoeffer during the late 1930s. It is often cited as a form of Christian socialism, and it has enjoyed widespread influence in Latin America and among the Jesuits, although its influence diminished within Catholicism after the Vatican issued official rejections of the theology in the 1980s and liberation theologians were harshly admonished by Pope John Paul II (leading to the curtailing of its growth). However, it is recognized within liberal Protestant circles as an important school of thought, enjoying equal standing with neo-orthodoxy, feminist theology, process theology and others. The current Pope, Benedict XVI, has also been long known as an opponent of certain strands of liberation theology, and issued several condemnations of tendencies within it whilst head of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith...

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Unfortunately, some Catholics may find this confusing, and that is a shame. Yes, Jesus wants social justice for all peoples, but at the same time, he doesn't want it to come at the expense of their liberty and freedom. This is where liberal Catholics get confused. They forget that justice without freedom is tyranny and Jesus Christ is no tyrant. Holy Mother Church guards against such tyranny in her social justice teachings through a simple (and often overlooked) principle of "subsidiarity," which prevents social justice from becoming socialism. If Catholics would just be be mindful of this cornerstone of Catholic social justice teaching, there wouldn't be a problem...

1883 Socialization also presents dangers. Excessive intervention by the state can threaten personal freedom and initiative. The teaching of the Church has elaborated the principle of subsidiarity, according to which "a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it in case of need and help to co- ordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view to the common good." 7

1884 God has not willed to reserve to himself all exercise of power. He entrusts to every creature the functions it is capable of performing, according to the capacities of its own nature. This mode of governance ought to be followed in social life. The way God acts in governing the world, which bears witness to such great regard for human freedom, should inspire the wisdom of those who govern human communities. They should behave as ministers of divine providence.

1885 The principle of subsidiarity is opposed to all forms of collectivism. It sets limits for state intervention. It aims at harmonizing the relationships between individuals and societies. It tends toward the establishment of true international order.

Catechism: Part 3, Section 1, Chapter 2, Article 1, SubSection 1