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Wednesday, December 23, 2009



I love this Pope. And I am not even Catholic.

T. Shaw

Liberation theology confuses Christian liberality/charity with secular liberalism/socialism. It proclaims the No. 1 mission of the Church is to ‘promote justice and peace’ (the salvation of souls is the Church’s sole purpose). The flirtation with Communism was part of this error. Our Lord said, “Sell all you have. Give the money to the poor. Then, take up your cross and follow me.” Not: “Organize and arm the peasants. Kill all the people who have land and money, and divide it among whomever.”

The following is from an article I electronically saved. Sorry I don't have attribution.

"Aiding the (Nicaragua) Communists were a group of Marxist priests, some of whom held positions in the Marxist government. Their plan was to replace the Catholic Church loyal to Jesus Christ with a "People's Church" that would be controlled by the Communist party--who in Nicaragua went by the name, the Sandinistas.

"When John Paul II came to Nicaragua, he lowered the boom. His plane touched down in Managua airport, the pope came off, and there in the reception line was one of the Marxist priests--still holding on to his government position. This was in direct defiance of John Paul II's orders that no priest was to hold government power. With television cameras blazing, John Paul II ignored diplomatic protocol, put his finger in the priest's face and told him: you must regularize your position with the Church--now!

"In the end Karl Marx fell in Nicaragua, and the cause of the Church of Jesus Christ prevailed. But the cost in Nicaragua was high, both in lives and property. Accurate figures for losses in the contra war are hard to come by, but certainly in the tens of thousands.

"The economic figures are depressing. From 1950-1975 under the dictator Somoza (whose departure was the one good thing the Sandinistas helped achieve) economic growth was the highest in Latin America: 6.8% per year. Per capita GNP in 1977, just before the Communists took over, was $2500 per person. In 1990, when the Sandinista regime fell, per capita GNP was $500 per person. That was the great achievement of liberation theology in Nicaragua.

"That is what liberation theology would have done to the rest of Latin America. That it couldn't, that it was shut down, was the work of Joseph Ratzinger.

"The aging Marxist priests still left in Latin American may well be depressed: "we know where he stands." Yes, indeed. But for the rest of Catholics in Latin America, Pope Benedict XVI is a beacon of hope."


Evandro Menezes

As a Brazilian myself, I couldn't agree more with the punch line at the end of the quote.

However, it should also be weighed against the backdrop of the 70's and 80's. In Brazil as in America, still gorging in the sexual revolution and against the common-sense mores, the Church was already being abandoned, not only by the well heeled, but also by the poor, who enjoyed premarital sex and adultery as much as any other economic class.

Not that this contradicts the result as expressed in that punch line, for those few faithful that still yearned for Jesus became ever more frustrated with the Church in general, not finding the food that they longed for.

May Our Lady of Aparecida pray for Brazil.

Gail F

Strong words from Pope Benedict! That was a very interesting article. I knew some of that, but not all of it. I am amazed again at how much the Pope needs to know about the whole world. A friend of mine who thinks that women should be priests told me that because "conservatism" seems to be on the rise in the church, she will one day be in the minority. I told her that she is already in the minority -- the rest of the world does not agree with this very Western idea. She said, "Well, I guess if you look at it globally..." But that's what the Church must do, look at everything globally.

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