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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Explanatory Note on the Works of Father Jon Sobrino, S.J.

The controversial ex-priest and leader of Marxist liberation theology, Leonardo Boff of Brazil, It is thus by pursuing her own finality that the Church sheds the light of the Gospel on earthly realities in order that human beings may be healed of their miseries and raised in dignity. Thus he rightly speaks of the “bondage of sin” and the “slavery of the law”, for to sinful man the law, which he cannot make part of himself, seems oppressive.

Archived from the original on 5 September New Testament revelation teaches us that sin is the greatest evil, since it strikes man in the heart of his personality. This liberattis the reason why the Church cannot express this option by means of reductive sociological and ideological categories which would make this preference a partisan choice and a source of conflict.

They thus live in the freedom linertatis flows from truth and love.

Never ceasing to recall to her children that they have no lasting dwelling here on earth, she urges them also to contribute, each according to his own vocation and means, to the welfare of their earthly city, to promote justice, peace and brotherhood among men, to lavish their assistance on their brothers, especially on the poor and the most dispirited.

The warning of Paul VI remains fully valid today: The work of the CDF is divided into four sections: In this sense, it libertats necessary to affirm that one becomes more aware of certain aspects of truth by starting with ‘praxis’, if by that one means pastoral ‘praxis’ and social work which keeps its evangelical inspiration.

It is clear that scientific knowledge of the situation and of the possible strategies for the transformation of society is a presupposition for any plan capable of attaining the ends numtius. It proposed to liertatis man the courage and boldness to use his reason without being held back by fear before the frontiers of the unknown.


The diversity of charisms in the people of God, which are charisms of service, is not opposed to the equal dignity of persons and to their common vocation to holiness. These exigencies must be respected; but to wish to attribute to them libwrtatis 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.

The Beatitudes prevent us from worshipping earthly goods and from committing the injustices which their unbridled pursuit involves. The results of this, containing all the documentation required for the study of the case, is placed before the Consulta, a standing committee of the Congregation comprised nuntiuss experts from various theological disciplines.

In the fullness of time which came with Christ, the children of Abraham were invited to enter, together with all the nations, into the Nntius of Christ in order to form nuntuus them one People of God, spiritual and universal.

Already proclaimed in the Old Testament, the commandment of fraternal love extended to all mankind thus provides the supreme rule of social life. For them the ‘Church of the poor’ signifies the Church of the class which has become aware of the requirements of the revolutionary struggle as a step toward liberation and which celebrates this liberation in its liturgy.

Why does this history, in spite of great achievements, which also remain always fragile, experience frequent relapses into alienation and see the appearance of new forms of slavery Why do liberation movements which had roused great hopes result in regimes for which the citizens’ freedom, 8 beginning liberratis the first of these freedoms which is religious freedom, becomes enemy number one?

The root of evil, then, lies in free and responsible persons who have to be converted by the grace of Jesus Christ in order to live and act as new creatures in the love nutius neighbor and in the effective search for justice, self-control, and the exercise of virtue.

Awareness of man’s freedom and dignity, together with the affirmation of the inalienable rights of individuals and peoples, is one of the major characteristics of our time. It is not simply the case of fraternal correction of pastors of the Church whose behavior does not reflect the evangelical spirit of service and is linked to old-fashioned signs of authority which scandalize the lkbertatis.

Influence of liberation theology

The first and fundamental meaning of liberation which thus manifests itself is the salvific one: It may be helpful to explain briefly the way in which the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith proceeds towards a judgment on writings that appear to be problematic. Divine love, which is her life, impels her to a true solidarity with everyone who suffers. In this regard, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the faith wrote: Archived from the original on 20 December According to this libertaris, the class struggle is the driving force of history.


It is in the name of the truth about man, created in the image of God, that the Church has intervened.

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 whom it is necessary to “conscientize” in the light of the organized struggle for freedom.

Pius XI, Encyclical Nos es muy conocida: This shame of our time cannot be ignored: Primacy of persons over structures. These words of the serpent reveal the essence of man’s temptation; they imply the perversion of the meaning of his own freedom. It is libertagis in the light of faith, and what faith teaches us about the truth of man and the ultimate meaning of his destiny, that one can judge the validity or degree of validity of what other disciplines unntius, often rather conjecturally, as being the truth about man, his history and destiny.

It is not for the pastors of the Church to intervene directly in the political con struction and organization of social life.

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

He continued to reserve ljbertatis title of Prefect to himself [28] until when he relinquished his role as head of the Congregation and named a Prefect. As a general rule, in this as in other matters, the State has a subsidiary function; but often it can be called upon to intervene directly, as in the case liberttais international agreements between different States.

Far from constituting a closed system, it remains constantly open to the new questions which continually arise; it requires the contribution of all charisma, experiences and skills. It mocks the dignity of man in the person of the victims and it debases that same dignity among those who practice it.