As expected, the beatification of Archbishop Romero has given the uncatechized the idea that liberation theology is is no longer heretical and dangerous. This outcome is the exact reason why Archbishop Romero's candidacy for sainthood was never given consideration.
Look, I have always admired Archbishop Romero's love for the Eucharist. There are few priests who would walk into the firestorm of bullets to rescue the Blessed Sacrament from the government's thugs. His bravery and love for the Sacred Body and Blood of Christ has always moved me.
I've told this story before, but when the Boston Globe covered the closing of a parish here in Boston, we read daily stories about how the Archdiocese was removing windows and pews and other things of monetary value. When the day came to lock the place up, the media covered the teers and goodbyes. Somebody doing a security check several weeks later discovered they forgot to remove Christ from the Sanctuary. I was so ripped I called the poor priest in the Office of Worship and said if he didn't call me back in two hours to tell me Christ was removed, I was going down with a group of people and we would take care of it ourselves. I still get mad when I think about it now!
In a world of such craven indifference, Archbishop Romero's bravery is not to be poo-pooed.
I looked for a simple definition of liberation theology and found this was as good as any.
Liberation theology was a theological movement that began in the late 1960s in Latin America. It emphasized that the gospel was meant to liberate the downtrodden from their earthly poverty and oppression, with little or no emphasis on spiritual liberation from sin. The main problem with this approach to the gospel is that while Jesus had concern for the poor and distributed alms to them (John 13:29), he was much more concerned about the spiritual welfare of all mankind, whom he had come to save from sin, not from destitution.
This resonates with Pope Francis giving the nudge, nudge, wink, wink to adultery while focusing on the economy and the temperature of the earth, does it not?
There are differing opinions about the theology of Archbishop Romero. I'm not an expert about his history but what I have read led me to the conclusion he was an Opus Dei priest with the aroma of marxism. Most of the brilliant minds and saints examining the content of his work have concluded the same.
Here is the Boston Globe's opinion.
In his own country, critics of Romero charged him with supporting violence, communism, and heresy. Others applauded him for the same reasons. Murals and T-shirts portraying Romero alongside Salvador Allende, Chile’s slain Marxist president, and Ernesto “Che” Guevara are common in Central America.
Here's another Globe article published a few days ago saying Archbishop Romero wasn't a liberation theologian, he just wasn't against it!
The conclusion being, when it came to the rising of the devil to convince his people absolution of sin isn't necessary, this was not a compelling spiritual problem for an Archbishop and physician of souls.
In other words, the claim is, Archbishop Romero wasn't against his people being taught to abandon absolution of sin.
No evangelist for Christ would be happy from the grave with that legacy.
It is strikingly familiar to the Holy Father's refusal to distribute the temporal goods of the Church, even when under a serious assault such as the gay marriage referendum in Ireland, while focusing on the worldly distribution of money.
I keep wondering about Pope's Francis' view of the fruit of his papacy.
When elected to the Chair of Peter, he inherited a world full of families who were victims of the heretics the Church ordains and refuses to discipline and a world calling them to immorality and sodomy and sin.
His assessment of the problem was there was too much catechesis and his solution was to stop catechizing and let the world form consciences. Elton John praises him and gets married. The world publishes hundreds of statements which imply adultery doesn't obstruct salvation. Every heretical rag brainwashing his people to embrace same sex sex hails him as their cultural hero. An entire country full of his people becomes the haunt of demons.
I can't help thinking he perceives his job as filling stomachs.
But, even if one were deluded into thinking that when Christ asked Peter to feed his people, He meant heretics and food for their stomach, one would think that after two years of seeing the fruit of this experiment, you'd say to yourself - Gee, maybe the 2000 years of theologians before me were right. Maybe the mothers begging me to substantiate and teach the tools to a life pursuing sanctifying Grace need some help.
Is it possible to open the newspaper to see your agenda being aligned with that of Herod and Herodias, tyrants and murderers, and not say to yourself, Just a minute here, something is going awry.
It is possible to be so wrapped up in one's own adulation that you can watch the devil about to flush a toilet filled with generations of people and your reaction is, How's that global warming theory coming along?
Can one sit in one's ivory tower until the deafening sucking sound dissipates so you can move on to telling them about your concerns about the ozone?
I found Archbistop Diarmuid Martin's comments after the referendum positively breathtaking.
He said 'the Church' needs a 'reality check'.
They need a reality check all right.
“Most of these young people who voted Yes are products of our Catholic schools for 12 years,” he said. “There’s a big challenge there to see how we get across the message of the church...We need to sit down and say ‘are we reaching out at all to young people?’ .
How's that for a kick in the head.
The problem is the exact opposite. The homosexual priests and bishops and lesbian nuns in 'the Church' have been very effective in 'reaching out' and getting 'across the message' Church teaching on having same sex is a sin is an antiquated rule they need not concern themselves about. Some of our parishes operate catholic match programs to find same-sex lovers with the homosexual priests as the matchmakers.
Who are they kidding?
We have numerous homosexual priests in every diocese who are shacking up with their same-sex lovers. Some of them are secretly conferring a 'Catholic blessing' on a same sex marriage, simulating the Catholic Sacrament of Marriage.
Our children are saturated with the messages of homosexual priests and lesbian nuns.
There is a library of complaints in every chancery in the world which have been forwarded to the Holy See. "The Church" has turned a blind eye to the damage being done - much like they did with the pedophiles they ordained.
Pope Francis has spent two years 'getting across the message' that the homosexual priests and lesbian nuns who told them to go ahead and find a same-sex lover and have sex - were correct in their theology--that their parents were antiquated sourpusses who don't love them enough.
The messages to our youth have been received. The fruit is in full blossom.