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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It is he who is present in the maturing of a more respectful awareness of the dignity of the human person. The new Jerusalem which we fervently await is rightly called the city of freedom in the highest sense. The social doctrine of the Church will also stimulate the seeking of moral formation of character and a deepening of the spiritual life. For many more, it is God nkntius who is the specific alienation of man. Evangelization is the proclamation of salvation, which is a gif t of God.

It also includes the hostility of one’s enemies, injustice, failure, and death. It is in the name of the truth about man, created in the image of God, that the Church has intervened. This love comes from God and goes to God.

It relates to issues of covenant, of monotheism and of ethical rules. Thus there is a tendency to identify the kingdom of God and its growth with the human liberation movement, and to make history itself the subject of its own development, as a process of the self-redemption of man by means of the class struggle.

It is therefore perfectly legitimate that those who super oppression on the part of the wealthy or the politically powerful should take action, through morally licit means, in order to secure structures and institutions in which their rights will be truly respected.

But he also wished to be near to those who, though rich in the goods of this world, were excluded from the community as “publicans and sinners”, for he had come to call them to conversion. Jn 4, 42; 1 Jn 4, In fact, the ideological core borrowed from Marxism, which we are referring to, exercises the function of a ‘determining principle’. In fact, without the resurrection of the dead and the Lord’s judgment, there is no justice in the full sense of the term.


But the “theologies of liberation” of which we are speaking, mean by ‘Church of the People’ a Church of the class, a Church of the oppressed people nuntlus it is necessary to “conscientize” in the light of libwrtatis organized struggle for freedom. It belongs in fact to the traditional patrimony of the Churches and ecclesial communities. He has returned to it libertattis numerous other occasions. They do so in such a way that they seem to put liberation from sin in second place, and so fail to give it the primary importance it is due.

Consequently, one cannot passively accept, still less actively support, groups which by force or by the manipulation of public opinion take over the State apparatus and unjustly impose on the collectivity an imported ideology contrary to the culture of the people.

Nevertheless, until the Risen One returns in glory, the mystery of iniquity is still at work in the world.

Through Christ’s Death and Resurrection we are offered forgiveness. By using blind power to subjugate the forces of nature, are we not on the way to destroying the freedom of the lkbertatis and women of tomorrow?

It is from the most radical evil, from sin and the power of death, that liertatis has delivered us in order to restore freedom to itself and to show it the right path. It is also education in freedom, that is to say, education in the right use of freedom.

The Eucharist is no longer to be understood as the real sacramental presence of the reconciling sacrificeand as the gift of the Body and Blood of Christ. These exigencies must be respected; but to wish to attribute to them an absolute and necessary autonomy, not in conformity with the nature of things, is to set out along a path which is ruinous for the authentic freedom of man.

A critical examination of the analytical methods borrowed from other disciplines must be carried out in a special way by theologians. The CDF holds biennial plenary assemblies, and issues documents on doctrinal, disciplinary, and sacramental questions that occasionally include notifications concerning books by Catholic theologians e.

The weapons of death drawn up against each other today are capable of destroying all human life on earth. This remains true even in places where they assume erroneous forms and even oppose the Christian view of man and his destiny.

It proposed to give man the courage and boldness to use his reason without being held back by fear before the frontiers of the unknown.


Benedict XVI cautions against dangers of Marxist liberation theology

But above all man comes up against the limits of his own nature: It was to put an end to the domination of man by man and to promote the equality and brotherhood of all. On one hand, people have attained an unheard of abundance which is given to waste, while on the other hand so many live in ilbertatis poverty, deprived of the basic necessities, that one is hardly able even to count the victims of malnutrition.

Rom 6, 6; 7, L’Osservatore Romano11 Marchp. This teaching is by libdrtatis means closed. However, they always depend on the responsibility of libdrtatis, who can alter them, and not upon an alleged determinism of history. St Francis was a saint renown for his simple life-style.

The priority of work over capital places an obligation in justice upon employers to con sider the welf are of the workers before the increase of profits. Liberation in the Old Testament.

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

These requirements are found once again in the New Testament. Ratzinger hightlighted the ideological i.

Whoever possesses technology has power over the earth and men. This is a sign that serious ambiguities concerning the very meaning of freedom have from the very beginning plagued this movement from within. Nor can one localize evil principally or uniquely in bad social, political, or economic “structures” as though all other evils came from them so that the creation of the “new man” would depend on the establishment of different economic and socio- political structures.

Thus the present document can assist the testimony and action of all Christ’s disciples, called to respond to the great challenges of our times. Evangelical love, and the vocation to be children of God to which all are called, have as a consequence the direct and imperative requirement of respect for all human beings in their rights to lif a and to dignity.

As a consequence, faith, hope, and charity are given a new content: Can he do everything he wants? It is laden both with promises of true freedom and threats of deadly forms of bondage.