From Pope Francis’ trip to Brazil for World Youth Day, we will remember his appeal to young people to «rock the boat»; his visit to a favela in Rio, an almost ritual. The Libertatis Nuntius or ‘Instruction on certain aspects of the “Theology of Liberation”‘ was written by Cardinal Ratzinger in It begins with a brief overview. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is the oldest among the nine congregations of .. suspension of the Reverend Father Professor Charles Curran from the teaching of theology” (25 July ); Libertatis conscientia ( Instruction on.

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AAS 59p. In the hearts of her mem bers the Spirit dwells as in a temple. The Spirit who dwells in our hearts is the source of true freedom. But too often the people are frustrated in their hard-won independence by unscrupulous regimes or tyrannies which scoff at human rights with impunity.

nkntius The results of this, containing all the documentation required for the study of the case, is placed before the Consulta, a standing committee of the Congregation comprised of experts from various theological disciplines. AAS 77pp.

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Codes and the preaching of the Prophets, as also the Psalms, constantly refer to both of them, very often together 37 It is in this context that one should appreciate the biblical law’s care for the poor, the needy, the widow and the orphan: Man’s social dimension and the glory of God.

That is why the fight for the rights of man, which the Church does not cease to affirm, constitutes the authentic fight for justice. Cultural and educational tasks. It becomes a celebration of the people in their struggle.

Influence of liberation theology

It was founded to defend the church from heresy ; today, it is the body responsible for promulgating and defending Catholic doctrine. To some it even seems that the necessary struggle for human justice and freedom in the economic and political sense constitutes the whole essence of salvation. The letter is referenced in Sacramentum Poenitentiae In this perspective, the contribution of theologians and other thinkers in all parts of the world to the reflection of the Church is indispensable libertatiz.


This is a sign that serious ambiguities concerning the very meaning of freedom have from the very beginning plagued this movement from within. It is only once this is recognised that other problems can be addressed.

But he becomes like God not in the arbitrariness of his own good pleasure but to the extent that he recognizes that truth and love are at the same time the principle and the purpose of librrtatis freedom.

What is more, each Nhntius has the right to know in an adequate, authentic, and integral manner the truth which the Church professes and expresses about Christ. Through his Cross and Resurrection, Christ libertatiss brought about our Redemption, which is liberation in the strongest sense of the word, since it has freed us from the most radical evil, namely sin and the power of death.

Political suffering is solved by political solutions and imply that humans can solve it. They come to the defense of the widow and the orphan. The forces which ought to serve the development of freedom serve instead the increase of threats.

Dimensions of an authentic liberation Archived from the original on 29 December History thus becomes a central notion. Freedom is not the liberty to do anything ilbertatis. The work of other liberation libertats like Sobrino has also been closely scrutinised. It is in the name of the truth about man, created in the image of God, that the Church has intervened. Thus it is not possible to take a pick and mix attitude to Marxism.

Faced with the urgency of sharing bread, some are tempted to put evangelization into parentheses, as it were, and postpone it until tomorrow: Archived from the original on 5 September Thus the solution of most of the serious problems related to poverty is to be found in the promotion of a true civilization of work.


This in turn leads to unduly political readings of the Bible in which only llbertatis political message is appreciated. Ambiguities in the modern process of liberation.

Instruction on Christian Freedom and Liberation

Consequently, the conception of the truth goes hand in hand with the affirmation of necessary violence, and so, of a political amorality. They condemn man’s hardened heart as the source of repeated transgressions, and they foretell a New Covenant in which God will change hearts by writing on them the Law of his Spirit. As a nuntuis, faith, hope, and charity are given a new content: The concern for the purity of the faith demands giving the answer of effective witness in the service of one’s neighbor, the poor and the oppressed in particular, in an integral theological fashion.

The significance of the encounter between the two can be understood only in light of the specific message of Revelation, authentically interpreted by the Magisterium of the Church.

Persons are the active and responsible subjects of social life. For where truth and nintius are missing, the process of liberation results in the death of a freedom which will have lost all support. In addition, they are presupposed in certain liturgical practices, as for example a “Eucharist” transformed into a celebration of the people in struggle, even though the persons who participate in these practices may not be fully conscious of it.

Zebediah 3, 12 ff.

The Eucharist thus becomes the Eucharist of the class. It is for man, now resolved to become his own master, to go beyond it. Danger of total destruction Lay persons, whose proper mission is to build society, are involved here to the highest degree. AAS 71 pp.