From Pope Francis’ trip to Brazil for World Youth Day, we will remember his appeal to young people to «rock the boat»; his visit to a favela in Rio, an almost ritual. The Libertatis Nuntius or ‘Instruction on certain aspects of the “Theology of Liberation”‘ was written by Cardinal Ratzinger in It begins with a brief overview. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is the oldest among the nine congregations of .. suspension of the Reverend Father Professor Charles Curran from the teaching of theology” (25 July ); Libertatis conscientia ( Instruction on.

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If one tries to take only one part, say, the analysis, one ends up having to accept the entire ideology. The letter is referenced in Sacramentum Poenitentiae With reference to the modern liberation movement within man himself, it has to be stated that the effort to free thought and will from their limits nuntiks led some to consider that morality as such constitutes an irrational limit.

We should recall that the preferential option described at ‘Puebla’ is two-fold: The recognition of injustice is accompanied by a pathos which borrows its language from Marxism, wrongly presented as though it were scientific language.

Being essentially libertats toward action, this teaching develops in accordance with the changing circumstances of history. These methodological errors give rise to conclusions which do not conform to the doctrine of the Church in certain key areas: Thus the universality of love of neighbor and brotherhood become an eschatological principle, which will only have meaning for the “new man”, who arises out of the victorious revolution. He said that the ‘scandal of the shocking inequality between the rich and poor’ should not be tolerated.

Mt 25, ; Acts 9, Baltimore, MD Subscriptions: The Christian tradition, found in the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, has made explicit this teaching of Scripture about sin.

Benedict XVI cautions against dangers of Marxist liberation theology

Retrieved 1 July It is not for the pastors of the Church to intervene directly in the political con struction and organization of social life. Arguments and teachings thus do not have to be examined in themselves since they are only reflections of class interests.


Hence also those who are oppressed by poverty are the object of a love of preference on the part ef the Church, which since her origin and in spite of the failings of many of her members has not ceased to work for their relief, defence and liberation.

These principles must be especially applied in the extreme case where there is recourse to armed libertafis, which the Church’s Magisterium admits as a last resort to put an end to an obvious and prolonged tyranny which is gravely damaging the fundamental rights of individuals and the common good.

Here is the root of the tragedies accompanying the modern history of freedom. As such, this system is a perversion of the Christian message as God entrusted it to His Church.

This poverty is the result and consequence of people’s sin and natural frailty, and it is an evil from which human beings must be freed as completely as possible. Nature of the social doctrine of the Church. Moreover, to attempt to libfrtatis into theology an analysis whose criterion of interpretation depends on this atheistic conception is to involve oneself in terrible contradictions.

Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Roman and Universal Inquisition is established “to maintain and defend the integrity of the faith and to examine and proscribe errors and false doctrines.

Danger of total destruction Liberation is first and foremost liberation from the radical slavery of sin.

Instruction on Christian Freedom and Liberation

They come to the defense of the widow and the orphan. The meeting, then of the aspiration for liberation and the theologies of liberation is not one lkbertatis mere chance. Therefore, when the Church speaks about the promotion of justice in human societies, or when she urges the faithful laity to work in this sphere according to their own vocation, she is not going beyond her mission.

That is why pastors must look after the quality and the content of catechesis libertztis formation which should always present the ‘whole message of salvation’ and the imperatives of true liberation within the framework of this whole message.

AAS 68pp. Our Lord is one with all in distress; every distress is marked by his presence. Retrieved 3 July New forms of oppression But man’s freedom is finite and fallible.


Instruction on certain aspects of the “Theology of Liberation”

That is why the fight for the rights of man, which the Church does not cease to affirm, constitutes the authentic fight for justice. Dignitatis Humanaelivertatis Gaudium et Spes In particular, the very nature of ethics is radically called into question because of the borrowing of these nkntius from Marxism. Consequently, the conception of the truth goes hand in hand with the affirmation of necessary violence, and so, of a political amorality.

Nevertheless she considers that the first thing to be done is to appeal to the spiritual and moral capacities of the individual and to the permanent need for inner conversion, if one is to achieve the economic and social changes that will truly be at the service of man. In the hearts of her mem bers the Spirit dwells as in a temple.

The criteria for judgment also concern economic, social and political systems.

Influence of liberation theology

The theses of the “theologies of liberation” are widely popularized under a simplified form, in formation sessions or in what are called “base groups” which lack the necessary catechetical and theological preparation as well as the capacity for discernment. His capacity for self-realization is in libertaatis way suppressed by his dependence on Gud.

Mt 22, ; Rm 13, Furthermore, concern with only social problems has lead liberation theologians to seek solutions in the wrong places. By wresting from nature its secrets, man would subject it to his own service. Without a critical eye, one returns to the opposition of the “Jesus of history” versus the “Jesus of faith. Our existence is a spiritual struggle to live according to the Gospel and it is waged with the weapons of God.

This experience of the Church shines with a singular brightness nuuntius in all its purity in the lives of the saints.