The Vatican & Liberation Theology
We have recorded the heated debate about liberation theology under Latin
America, since that is where it began and where it is most practiced. Latin
America is now the home of the Catholic Church's most numerous flock.
However, the center of power is distant Rome, and Pope John Paul II, while
promoting liberation theology, has been cautious not to appear to support
any violent implementation of it. He shows his age, and there is
speculation about his successor. He may be Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini of
Milan, a Jesuit (!) sympathetic to non-violent liberation theology and with
close ties to its soulmate, academia. His popularity may be too much for
the College of Cardinals, but we await the smoke from the Vatican's chimney.
Ronald Hilton - 06/13/98