“The Church is not the hierarchy, but the people of God.”
"Within the people, there is not a dual classification of Christians –laity and clergy, essentially different. The Church as a “society of unequals” disappears: “There is, therefore, in Christ and in the Church no inequality”
"Therefore, not only we clergymen are “priests,” but also, side by side with the ordained ministry, there is the common priesthood of the faithful. This change in the concept of priesthood is a fundamental one: “In Christ the priesthood is changed” (Hebrews 7: 12). Indeed, the first trait of the priesthood of Jesus is that “he had to be made like his brothers in every respect.”
“Return to a Church of the poor.”
"It was the Latin American Episcopate who, especially in their Medellín and Puebla conferences, pushed forward this fundamental conciliar guideline: “The gross injustices in Latin America cannot leave the Latin American episcopate indifferent”
"Detecting the causes of inequality.
Her foremost goal is to care for the penultimate (hunger, housing, clothing, shoes, health, education…)"
A socialist church? Now the main concern of the Church is to provide material goods to the poor, specially in Latin America. Pope Francis and Cardinal Maradiaga are Latin Americans and they are bringing their views of their own countries to the world stage. The conference of Medellin was used by the Latin American political left to legitimize violent revolutions in the region with tens of thousands of deaths, with the help and aid of leftists priests, who said that to be a Christian you had pick up a rifle and kill a member of the armies of our countries.
It seems that the Theology of Liberation, rejected by Pope John Paul II and best exemplified by his public admonition of father Ernesto Cardenal during his 1983 visit to Nicaragua, is back and very much alive.
Pope Francis is a Jesuit. There are Jesuits, and there are Jesuits. In the 1970’s the Jesuit camp in Nicaragua was divided in two: those priests who tended the souls and spiritual needs of the flock, and those who were involved in overthrowing the Somoza regime. Cardinal Maradiaga sounds like the latter. Soon the drums of social class warfare will begin to sound again. The “have-nots” will rise again against the “haves”, with Church leaders in the vanguard.
Check this quote from Cardinal Maradiaga:
If the Church seeks to follow Jesus, all she has to do is to continue telling the world what happened to Jesus, proclaiming His teachings and His life. Jesus was not a sovereign of this world, He was not rich, but instead He lived as a poor villager, He proclaimed his program –the Kingdom of God—and the great of this world (Roman Empire and Synagogue together) persecuted and eliminated Him. His sentence to die on the cross, outside the city, is the clearest evidence yet that He did not want to ingratiate himself with the powers of this world. Shattered by their power, He is the Suffering Servant, an image of innumerable other servants, defeated by the ones who rule and call themselves “lords;” but it was He, poor, silenced, and humiliated, who was designated by his Father as His Beloved Child and whom God Himself resurrected on the third day.
With the New Evangelization we restart (start anew) from the beginning.
This will be the new evangelization: power to the People of God through a social revolution. No one can miss the leftist political implications of these words. Doesn’t Cardinal Maradiaga remember Jesus saying “Therefore, give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s”? But he’s clearly saying that, besides proclaiming his program, Jesus was a political activist against the Roman Empire.
The Roman Empire is today’s United States of America. Come down to Latin America and you’ll experience anti Americanism to its maximum levels (from the political left), but now supported by some Church leaders. This, my friends, is what I gather from Cardinal Maradiaga’s message, and I don’t like it.
“Nothing under the sun is new, neither is any man able to say: Behold this is new; for it has already gone before in the ages that were before us.”