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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Thus the Church does not hesitate to condemn situations of life which are injurious to man’s dignity and freedom. With reference to the modern liberation movement within man himself, it has to be stated that the effort to free thought and will from their limits has led some to consider that morality as such constitutes an irrational limit. To focus just on the social element of Jesus’ message results in a reductionist attitude to the whole gospel message. Man’s history unfolds on the basis of the nature which he has received from God and in the free accomplishment of the purpose toward which the inclinations of this nature and of divine grace orient and direct him.

From the pastoral point of view, this expression might mean the favored recipients of evangelization to whom, because of their condition, the Church extends her pastoral love first of all. God did not create man as a “solitary being” but wished him to be a “social being”.

Influence of liberation theology

But the love which impels the Church to communicate to all people a sharing in the grace of divine life also causes her, through the effective action of her members, to pursue people’s true temporal good, help them in their needs, provide for their education and promote an integral liberation from everything that hinders the development of individuals.

The transfiguration by the Risen Christ of the Church at the end of her pilgrimage in no way cancels out the personal destiny of each individual at the end of his or her life. While it offers principles and wise counsels, this doctrine does not dispense from education in the political prudence needed for guiding and running human affairs.

The new ‘hermeneutic’ inherent in the “theologies of liberation” leads to an essentially ‘political’ re-reading of the Scriptures. Without a critical eye, one returns to the opposition of the “Jesus of history” versus the “Jesus of faith.


The Church, which is a communion which unites diversity and unity through its presence in the whole world, takes from every culture the positive elements which she finds there.

Influence of liberation theology

It mocks the dignity of man in the person of the victims and it debases that same dignity among those who practice it. Archived PDF from the original on 27 November Evangelical love, and the vocation to be children of God to which all are called, have as a consequence the direct and imperative libettatis of respect for all human beings in their rights to lif a and to dignity. The work of the Synods of and led Paul VI in his Apostolic Constitution “Evangelii nuntiandi” to clarify the connection between evangelization and human liberation of advancement.

L’Osservatore RomanoNov. This hope relied upon the action of Yahweh, who even before he intervened as the “goel”, 32 liberator, redeemer and saviour of his People had freely chosen that People in Abraham, A further remark regarding the expression, ‘Church of the People’, will not be out of place here.

By the witness of their dynamic and constructive power to love, Libertxtis will thus lay the foundations unntius this “civilization of love” of which the Conference of Puebla spoke, following Paul VI. In this perspective, the contribution of theologians and other thinkers in all parts of the world to the reflection of the Church is indispensable today. Its purpose was to focus the attention of pastors, theologians and all the faithful on the deviations of certain forms of liberation theology that are dangerous for the faith and for the Christian life and that are based on Marxist thought.

One of the conditions for necessary theological correction is giving proper value to the ‘social meaning of the Church’. This preoccupation certainly is shared by the whole Church.

In particular, the very nature of ethics is radically called into question because of the borrowing of these theses from Marxism. But what happens instead, is that when the glass is full, it magically gets bigger nothing ever comes out for the poor.

However, from the daily administration of the affairs of the Congregation was entrusted to the Cardinal Secretary. To some it even seems that the necessary struggle for human justice and freedom in the economic and political sense constitutes the whole essence of salvation.

It is, on the contrary, dictated by the certitude that the serious ideological deviations which it points out tends inevitably to betray the cause of the poor. Ambiguities in the modern process of liberation. The servitude which he had experienced up to that point was based on ignorance and prejudice. It is a fatal error to separate these two and even worse to oppose the one to the other. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.


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A clear perception of the obstacles which hinder its development and which offend human dignity is at the source of the powerful aspirations to liberation which are at work in our world. The Christian cannot forget that it is only the Holy Spirit who has been given to us Who nunttius the source of every true renewal and that God is the Lord of History. 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.

To discern clearly what is fundamental to this issue and what is a by-product of it, is an indispensable condition for any theological reflection on liberation. It is laden both with promises of true freedom and threats of deadly forms of bondage.

Through Christ’s sacrifice, the cultic regulations of the Old Testament have been rendered obsolete. On the one hand, technical expertise nuntuus been applied to acts of genocide.

More than ever, it is important that numerous Christians, whose faith is clear and who are committed to live the Christian life in its fullness, become involved in the struggle for justice, freedom, and human dignity because of their love for their disinherited, oppressed, and persecuted brothers and sisters.

More than ever, the Church intends to condemn abuses, injustices, and attacks against freedom, wherever they occur and whoever commits them.

That is why the use libertwtis philosophical positions or of human sciences by the theologian has a value which might be called instrumental, but yet must undergo a critical study from a theological perspective. If this condition is fulfilled, their experience, rooted in a commitment to the complete liberation of libertatiis, becomes a treasure for the whole Church.

In the hearts of her mem bers the Spirit dwells as in a temple. Libertatis NuntiusIV, 9: The Church knows that the redeeming Cross is truly the source of light and life and the centre of history.

This option excludes no one. The perfection which is the image of the Father’s perfection and for nuntiis the disciple must strive is found in mercy.