01/01/1987

What is liberation theology? Why has a relatively new theological current in the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America become front page news in the world press? One reason for the attention liberation theology is receiving is the polarization of opinion, pro-and-con, as to its implications. For Cardinal Ratzinger, writing in a private memorandum published [...]

What is liberation theology? Why has a relatively new theological current in the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America become front page news in the world press? One reason for the attention liberation theology is receiving is the polarization of opinion, pro-and-con, as to its implications. For Cardinal Ratzinger, writing in a private memorandum published [...]

Last summer marked the seventh anniversary of the overthrow of Somoza and the installation of the revolutionary Sandinista regime in Nicaragua. Underplayed in most analyses of this betrayed revolution is the role of radical elements within the Catholic Church. Indeed, this role is of such significance that it deserves careful study by U.S. foreign policy [...]

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has published two documents on liberation theology, one in 1984, "Instruction on Certain Aspects of Liberation Theology" and another in 1986, "Christian Liberty and Liberation." The first concentrates on those aspects which appear insufficiently developed, in particular the Marxist conception of class struggle. The second is much [...]

Editors' Note: On October 16, 1986 Los Angeles Archbishop Roger Mahony and Rev. Charles E. Curran of Catholic University presented their views on the nature of authority and dissent in the Catholic Church. They spoke to an overflow crowd of 1,700 at the University of Southern California, under the sponsorship of the School of Religion [...]

Editors' Note: On October 16, 1986 Los Angeles Archbishop Roger Mahony and Rev. Charles E. Curran of Catholic University presented their views on the nature of authority and dissent in the Catholic Church. They spoke to an overflow crowd of 1,700 at the University of Southern California, under the sponsorship of the School of Religion [...]

Like the plot of the novel itself, the historical context of Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose consists of a number of overlapping circles, related to one another in intricate and subtle ways. The immediate context is a particularly fierce episode in the perennial medieval conflict between' he papacy and the Holy Roman Empire. [...]

In Woody Allen’s film, Manhattan, someone remarked to Allen, playing the part of a somewhat confused intellectual, "Just who do you think you are — God or something?" Woody Allen turned pensive for a moment and replied, "Well, a fella has to have a role model of some sort, you know." Almost the whole of [...]

Sao Paulo, Brazil, is described by some as "the  multinational corporation capital of the world." Dirty, busy, industrial, Sao Paulo smells and feels to a visitor a little like Pittsburgh or Detroit many years ago. Its surrounding hills are steep. Every few months, it seems, one barren hillside after another becomes suddenly overswept with a [...]

A phrase that picks out one of the more surprising aspects of reflection on our faith is odium theologicum: theological hatred. Alas, this isn't used to speak of the particularly keen disdain that the theologian feels for moral evil. Rather, it points to the depth to which intellectual rivalry can bring one. An opinion is [...]

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