Sobrino condemnation to revitalise "Marxist" theology: Boff

Former Franciscan priest, Brazilian theologian Leonardo Boff has predicted that the Vatican's "condemnation" of the theology of Spanish Jesuit Jon Sobrino will only serve to revitalise Marxist theology in Latin America.

Boff, who left the priesthood and the Franciscan order several years ago after his own liberation theology writings were condemned by the Holy See, told AFP newsagency that Fr Sobrino "is one of the most serious, most evangelical, and I would say one of the holiest theologians that we have."

"For this reason, the condemnation against him is especially grave," Boff said, according to a Catholic News Agency report.

"I think a condemnation such as this cheats many of the poor, because Jon Sobrino was always an ally of the poor. And the Church may be able to disappoint the rich, but she cannot betray the poor," Boff said during a visit to the capital of Costa Rica for the opening of a special course of the University of Costa Rica.

According to Boff, "liberation theology is alive and well in Latin America, Asia and Africa, although the controversy surrounding its tenets has lessened in recent years."

"The theologians of liberation theology continue to work", he said, adding that the censure of Jon Sobrino "may life the spirits of those Christians who are followers of liberation theology".

Historian blasted Pope over Sacramentum Caritatis

Meanwhile, Catholic World News reports that noted Vatican II historian Guiseppe Alberigo has denounced the opposition of the Catholic Church to the legal recognition of (same sex) civil unions, and blasted Pope Benedict as "worse than Pius XII".

Professor Alberigo told the Corriere della Sera that Pope Benedict is afraid of modernity "like a child who during the night is afraid of a ghost - when in reality there is no ghost, but only a shadow".

Accusing the pope of rolling back Vatican II, Alberigo described the Apostolic Exhortation, Sacramentum Caritatis as "a restoration that cancels a century of Church history".

"It is difficult to find cohesion between magisterial documents and the spirit of the Second Vatican Council," he said.

Ex-priest says silencing of Father Sobrino will reanimate liberation theology in Latin America (Catholic News Agency, 16/3/07)
Pope subverts Vatican II, historian charges (Catholic World News, 16/3/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Jon Sobrino (Wikipedia)
The Jesuit Portal

Christ hides his divinity, Melbourne Jesuit says (CathNews, 16/3/07)
No bar for liberation theologian but work "erroneous" (CathNews, 15/3/07)
Liberation theologian to be silenced (CathNews, 13/3/07)
Liberation theologian named to key Vatican post (CathNews, 1/11/06)

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