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There is a really interesting article in the Guardian today, about a visit Gustavo Guiterrez, the theological father of Liberation Theology, is making to Rome. The article talks of how welcome he is, following the elevation of the New Pope, Francis. It speaks some of the problems the Church had with Liberation Theology.

 

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For decades, Gustavo Gutiérrez, a Peruvian theologian and Dominican priest, was treated with suspicion and even contempt by the Vatican’s hierarchy, which saw him as a dangerous Marxist firebrand who used faith as an instrument of revolution.

Gutiérrez was the founder of a progressive movement within the Catholic church known as liberation theology, and while he was never censured in the manner that some of his philosophical compatriots were, there were often rumblings that Gutiérrez was being investigated by Pope John Paul II’s doctrinal czar, a German cardinal named Joseph Ratzinger who would later become Pope Benedict.

But when the 86-year-old Peruvian arrives in Rome this week as a key speaker at a Vatican event, he will be welcomed as a guest, in a striking show of how Pope Francis – the first Latin American pontiff – has brought tenets of this sometimes controversial movement to the fore of his church, particularly in his pronouncements against the blight of poverty and the dangers of capitalism.

 

This really only tells a portion of the story. Liberation Theology was sponsored into the church by Pope John 23. It was a hedge in the Cold War period, in case the Soviets won. Liberation Theology was Catholicism with a Marxist brand. The West won, so Liberation Theology fell on hard times. But now, the voice of the third frog is clearly emanating from the false prophet. This article is from the North American Congress on Latin America, a Conservative think tank. This article was called "The Pope’s Holy War Against Liberation Theology" and is from 2008.

 

 

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The recent election of former Bishop Fernando Lugo as President of Paraguay poses a sticky dilemma for the Vatican and underscores the hostile political environment facing incoming Pope Benedict XVI in South America. Lugo, who was known to his constituents as the "Bishop of the Poor" for his support of landless peasants, advocates so-called Liberation Theology, a school of thought which took shape in Latin America in the 1960s.

Recognizing the pressing need for social justice, Liberation Theology was minted by Pope John XXIII to challenge the Church to defend the oppressed and the poor. Since its emergence, Liberation Theology has consistently mixed politics and religion. Its adherents have often been active in labor unions and left-wing political parties. Followers of Liberation Theology take inspiration from fallen martyrs like Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador and Dorothy Mae Stang, an American-born nun who was murdered by ranching interests in Brazil.

Joseph Ratzinger: Doctrinal Czar

During the 1980s and 1990s Benedict, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, acted as John Paul II’s doctrinal czar. At the time, John Paul was in the midst of a fierce battle to silence prominent Church liberals. "This conception of Christ as a political figure, a revolutionary, as the subversive of Nazareth," the Pontiff once said, "does not tally with the church’s catechism."

In 1983 the Pope wagged his finger at Sandinista government minister and Nicaraguan priest, Ernesto Cardenal on a trip to Managua, warning the latter to "straighten out the situation in your church." Cardenal was one of the most prominent Liberation Theologians of the Sandinista era.

 

Originally a liberal reformer, Ratzinger changed his tune once he became an integrant in the Vatican hierarchy. As prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican’s doctrinal watchdog agency, Cardinal Ratzinger warned against the temptation to view Christianity in an exclusively political light. Liberation Theology, he once said, was dangerous as it fused "the Bible’s view of history with Marxist dialectics." Calling Liberation Theology a "singular heresy," Ratzinger went on the offensive. He blasted the new movement as a "fundamental threat" to the church and prohibited some of its leading proponents from speaking publicly. In an effort to clean house, Ratzinger even summoned outspoken priests to Rome and censured them on grounds that they were abandoning the church’s spiritual role for inappropriate socioeconomic activism.

As Pope, Ratzinger has not sought to hide his lack of esteem for Liberation Theology. During a recent trip to Brazil, he was pressed by reporters to comment on Oscar Romero’s tragic murder in El Salvador. The Pope complained that Romero’s cause had been hijacked by supporters of liberation theology. Commenting on a new book about the slain archbishop, the Pope said that Romero should not be seen simply as a political figure. Hoping to avoid any meaningful political discussion on the matter, Benedict said "He was killed during the consecration of the Eucharist. Therefore, his death is testimony of the faith."



The Pope is a tyrant, and always has been a tyrant.  It took him a little while to figure out how to make himself the tyrant imbedded in the three frog spirits.  But he gets it now, and is moving the church at breakneck pace to catch up with the Russian Dragon, and the EU Beast, to complete the frog trio.

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Great post, bro. Jim:

Given the same circumstances as existed during the middle ages,  the papacy would, today, persecute and murder the saints of the Most High and think he's doing Him a service. White robes, lamb-like demeanor, smiles,  backslapping, baby-kissing,  and all smooth-talking, notwithstanding. Whomsoever he shall be, Babylon the Great Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the earth shall his name be.

If the Papacy had not a vital role to play in Biblical prophecy, any other like-church or institution would have been brought to utter ruin by the high crimes crimes of "The Church". But the Papacy is preserved. Though Head of State Ratzinger resigned, it is telling that he has not left the Vatican State wherein he enjoys the protection from international prosecution that his (former) office affords. (His subsequent visit to the Apostolic Palace of Catel Gandolofo was not an exception being, by treaty with Italy, an "extraterrritorial status as one of the properties of the Holy See and not under Italian jurisdiction." )

As we read the above post, "chameleonic" also comes to mind as a fitting description of the "holy see" ever adapting to changing circumstances as needed. But nothing will help the Harlot in that day wherein "... the Lord shall consume (that Wicked) with the spirit of his mouth, and ...destroy with the brightness of his coming..."



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The pope had a busy week.  He called the leader of the Palestinian Fatah Mahmoud Abbas "a man a peace."  He called for the recognition of the state of Palestine.  And he warned his people that they must be prepared for "martyrdoms" both small and great.  The antichrist is preparing a people to oppose Jesus Christ.
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