Within the previous 2 generations Catholic Christendom has been in an outrageous
turmoil.The era of John Paul I & II (remember the September pope?)
were a continuous conflict on the scale of war between traditional Catholics and
the Latin American (liberation theology) Jesuits. The most recent battles
seems to have been won by the Latin American Jesuits.Don't revert
into a medieval/Renaissance understanding, modern Catholicism is far too
complex.Pope Francis seems to embrace the language of Liberation Theology;
this does not mean he is a Marxist however the mainstream of Liberation Theology
was/is definitely Marxist.The Vatican politics seems to have taken a
severe turn to the Left. Please carefully consider the exact wording of any
statements made by Pope Francis; it will have a significant impact on political
decisions made especially in the western world.
If your only motivator is the number of people you attract with your
message…then you are not focusing on being an example, of the
John XXIII ruffled some feathers too when he convened Vatican II.
"More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the
fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of
security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us
feel safe, while at our door people are starving."I think all
religions could take heed of this message.
Catholic reformers weren’t always pleased with John Paul II and Benedict
XVI for how they reaffirmed Church dogma. Now that a new Pope is articulating
his vision for the Church, some traditionalists don’t like what
they’re hearing. No Pope will ever be free of critics within the
Church.So far, Pope Francis’ ideas represent traditional
teachings but with a different emphasis. It reminds me of Jesus on one occasion
feeling constrained to remind the Pharisees that the Sabbath was made for man,
not the other way around.
Buddyroe,“....the mainstream of Liberation Theology was/is
mainstream of Liberation theology regards the charge of being Marxist as an
attempt to discredit them and their social justice view which they trace back to
Jesus himself. What we have here is a dispute over Biblical interpretation with
an entrenched Church establishment standing its spiritual and intellectual
ground against dissenting views.Pope Francis happens to come from a
part of the world where Liberation theology wields influence among impoverished
Catholics. But if Francis himself openly espoused LT, he never would have even
come close to being elected Pope.