The Vatican Strikes Back
AbstractThe Vatican's recently released Instruction on Certain Aspects of the "Theology of Liberation" (Dublin: Veritas Publications, 1984; henceforth referred to as Instruction) is doleful but essential reading for those of us who have begun to rethink the traditional hostility between religion and the left. The work of one of Catholicism's leading ideologians, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Instruction is a key link in Pope John Paul II's counteroffensive against the challenge to orthodoxy represented by liberation theology, and is to be seen in context alongside other recent events, such as the trial of Fr. Leonardo Boff of Brazil and the attempt to set the Peruvian church against Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez.
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