Join Date: September 15, 2009
Location: Pacific NW
Religion: Roman Catholic
Re: Does any one have any thoughts on “liberation theology”?
I was in an African country that went Marxist. The country finally was out from colonial rule going back hundreds of years.
but instead of rejoicing, the headlines of the new government exclaimed in big, black, bold print: ‘America is the Enemy of the World’.
I went to a seminar run by a Catholic priest who told me ahead of time he was going to talk about America. It showed how we consumed most of the world’s goods. OK.
But what was not shown was how many average Americans share and are concerned about those who have less, and how many serve overseas.
I st udied Paolo Freire’s ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed’, and implemented it with African women. I had a group that got it all in right perspective. But it got out that the Indians were charging the Africans alot more for a bar of soap, and it caused a small riot at the store…the Indian owner not hurt, but the poor African man selling things on his mat was.
My provencial told me he was anti Capitalistic, that he was closer to the Africans than I because he had brown eyes and his skin darker…me being fair and blue eyes. ( Actually I got along very well with the Africans…‘Amada’…beloved in Portuguese. Anyway, soon after he was removed from office, got so involved in developing food sources for the natives, he stopped saying the Mass…In time before he died, he returned to his faith.
What Liberation Theology does is put all of human development into the human hand devoid of Christ’s grace, and how grace works through nature. I did not like seeing priests incite the natives, or put out ideas of revolution and economic war fare and hating the rich…or blaming all those who have power as the only ones who sin.
What we see happening in America is Neo Marxism and this form of liberation theology being utilized by highly educated middle income American blacks and race relations are now worse than before.
It is this enmity, this on going ‘luta’. I was so affected by it, I could not keep food down and in time my health was really delibilitating and I had to go back home, also in part because of the growing AntiAmerican sentiment there. There were some Mennonites and another lay American from Ohio…I think we were the only Americans in the country then.
I met with a priest I had worked with in NYC 3 years later. He told me the Africans did not like this hard core Marxism. They also did not like the lack of freedom and having to get permission to go from town to town or having these Cuban ‘grannies’ watching what they were doing in their neighborhoods.
Leonard Hoff was the initial composer of Liberation Theology, who was a Franciscan, and later left the priesthood.
Wow! Thank you for taking the time and sharing your experience . The world is full of misguided and dangerous ideologies! May God protect us from these deceptions!L**