- May 6, 2021
A major assembly of bishops from the 22 member nations of Latin America’s council, CELAM, opens today in El Salvador. The shadow of Blessed Oscar Romero, the slain archbishop set to be canonized soon, hangs over the meeting — along with a strong sense that this is a favorable time for the continent.
“Latin American theology has given a lot of concepts and key notions that Francis uses in the universal magisterium now,” Rafael Luciani said. “We cannot understand Francis if we don’t understand Latin American theology.”
Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns, known as the “cardinal of the people” and one of the most active voices against Brazil’s military dictatorship, died in Sao Paulo Dec. 14. The 95-year-old retired archbishop of Sao Paulo had been hospitalized since Nov. 28 with pneumonia.
Despite a reputation for being sympathetic to liberation theology, a close friend of the new Jesuit leader, Father Arturo Sosa, says he believes “that in countries where everything depends on the government, true democracy is impossible” — including his own Venezuela under Socialist President Nicolas Maduro.
“It’s never the shepherd who tells the laity what they have to do or say [in public life], they know it as well or even better than us”
In visiting the tomb of the late Bishop Samuel Ruiz on Monday, Pope Francis is connecting with a kindred spirit, a famed Mexican pastor and liberation theology pioneer whose passion for the marginalized clearly resonates with a pontiff whose own dream is of a “poor Church for the poor.” Granted,
Next Saturday, arguably the most important beatification of the early 21st century will be celebrated in San Salvador, El Salvador, when the late Archbishop Oscar Romero reaches the final stage before sainthood in the Catholic Church. It’s an event 35 years in the making, and it’s hard to imagine anyone
ROME — A founding father of Latin America’s controversial liberation theology movement, which seeks to place the Catholic Church on the side of the poor, said there has been no “rehabilitation” under Pope Francis because the movement was never formally rejected in the first place. That said, Peruvian theologian Gustavo