While I’ve found much to appreciate in the actions of Pope Francis since his installation, I’m even more encouraged by a new proposed meeting between Francis and Gustavo Gutierrez, one of the preeminent liberation theologians of the last half century. Liberation theology is a movement that grew within Catholicism:
…as a Catholic response to the Marxist movements that fought Latin America’s military dictatorships in the 1960s and ’70s. It criticized the church’s close relations, including often overt support, with the regimes. (via Religion News Service)
What’s amazing about this meeting is how quickly the “prosperity gospel” has taken hold in various sections of Latin America and other South American locales. Pope Francis has challenged the Catholic Church to return to its concern and care of the poor and has made good on that call by initiating this meeting.