"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Fr. Z sets my mind at ease on Liberation Theology...

Don't be fooled...
You, like I, have been hearing a lot these days about a Church of “the poor” and a rehabilitation of Liberation Theology.  This has caused concern for some who are doctrinally coherent and orthodox and elation for liberals.
Fr. Z directs us to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s Instruction on Certain Aspects of the “Theology of Liberation.  Explaining:
Theologians such as Gustavo Gutiérrez are not the problem.  Not every strain or aspect of Liberation Theology is unacceptable.  So, say both Card. Ratzinger and B. John Paul II.  In fact, every sound theology is a “theology of liberation”.  As a shorthand way of thinking about this, Liberation Theology without Marxism can fairly be called “Catholic Social Teaching”. 
Be alert when you see discussions of Liberation Theology in the future. 
The sort of Liberation Theology that Pope Francis eventually became interested in is not the strain that involves Marxism.  - Fr. Z
Thank you Fr. Z - that is most helpful and reassuring. 

People, be careful who you read and what you listen to. 


  1. I kind of figured that on my own. It just seemed obvious but the zee (or the zed, in Canada) carries more weight, no doubt, and heck, I don't have a Catholic blog anymore.

  2. Did I ever tell you how much I like your portrait series?

    Anyway - I'm easily distressed by rumors and always need clarification - I'm definitely not political - that is, I'm really apolitical. I don't know what to make of the daily news any longer.

    The blog I have for you is your art blog.

    I like to say I'm a Catholic who blogs - so my blog isn't necessarily Catholic in the same way other Catholic blogs are.

    I did a very funny post today - to me it was very funny - but I was afraid others would not appreciate my humor in it. I was also concerned I could have hurt someone's feelings. I took the post down.

    Thanks for reading me when you do Owen. I mean that.

  3. In reciprocal news, the PrayTell blog issued a reassurance that "not every strain or aspect of traditional catholic devotion and liturgy is unacceptable."

    Whew, now my mind is at ease.

    Terry, stop taking your posts down already! Back and forth, back and forth: "Do I dare to eat a peach?/ I will wear white flannel trousers and walk upon the beach". FYI, I don't blog because I knew I'd regret half my posts and take them down. LOL

  4. Thanks Scott. I really cracked myself up with the post I took down. Oh well!

  5. "Thanks for reading me when you do Owen. I mean that."

    Terry, [Mr. Button] you're kind of your own kind of icon. Hard not to continue to follow.

    "Did I ever tell you how much I like your portrait series?"

    I don't recall but I thank you now.

    "The blog I have for you is your art blog."

    At some point I'll merge owenswain.com/1/ with owenswain.com/2/ the latter being where that saints-series painting is shown in individual pieces.

    "I like to say I'm a Catholic who blogs..."

    I'd say that's about right and might have said that about myself but if that's still true of me it is in a way that has less words. I actually haven't posted anything since June. Not great for art sales online.

  6. Scott,

    "FYI, I don't blog because I knew I'd regret half my posts and take them down. LOL"

    Sadly, not enough folks show that kind of wisdom and restraint. Good on you.

  7. Terry, I thought the way I wrote my urls above, with no http etc that they would not become active links. I know your policy on no allowing active links in the comments to feel welcome to remove them.


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