I am hopeful with this data, but thinking needs to be followed with action. Until we see actual changes that affect large numbers of people, this could just be talk. Regardless, we have so much we can do in our own lives, we would do well not to let this distract us from our own personal goals.
Liberation Theology is back as Pope Francis holds capitalism to account
Amid accusations of Marxism, Pope Francis has turned the Vatican into the spearhead of radical economic thinking
|Pope Francis shows no signs of backing off, and his focus is turning to Europe Photo: Reuters|
8:35PM GMT 08 Jan 2014
Unfettered global capitalism has met its match at last. Ever since Bishop Bergoglio picked St Francis of Assisi to be his guiding inspiration and lead a “church for the poor”, all his actions have been in the same direction.
Liberation Theology is taking over the Vatican a quarter of a century after John-Paul II systematically sought to stamp out the “singular heresy” in the radical parishes and dioceses of Latin America, a task carried out with dutiful efficiency by Cardinal Ratzinger at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The “preferential option for the poor” is back. The doctrine that so inflamed controversy in the 1970s and 1980, famously wedded to Nicaragua’s Sandinista cause, now has a Papal imprimatur. It is close to becoming official doctrine for the world’s 1.2bn Roman Catholics under “Evangilii Gaudium”, the Pope’s first apostolic exhortation. This will have consequences.
“While the earnings of a minority are growing exponentially, so too is the gap separating the majority from the prosperity enjoyed by the happy few. This imbalance is the result of ideologies that defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation,” Pope Francis says.
The conservative power of the Papal Curia is being broken. All of a sudden the Vatican is the spearhead of radical economic thinking. The best-known of the Pope’s newly-minted Council of Cardinals is none other than Archbishop Reinhard Marx, the firebrand “Rote Kardinal” of Munich and author of Das Kapital: A Plea for Man.