Why Pope Francis is “Reaching More People”
Director of the Office of the Americas, Bonpane served as a Maryknoll priest in Guatemala and has written five
books including Guerrillas of Peace: Liberation Theology and the Central American Revolution.
“He is stressing the impact of climate change primarily on the poor of the earth. This is in no way to claim that the Pope approves everything in the rapidly developing Theology of Liberation. Surely he would differ with many of us who think the days of sectarianism, dogmatism and imperial style orthodoxy are defunct.”
See also, from the National Catholic Reporter: “Highlights from Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, ‘Evangelii Gaudium‘ (The Joy of the Gospel),” which says, “The socioeconomic system is unjust at its root. … Just as the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say ‘thou shalt not’ to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills. How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? This is a case of exclusion. Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving? This is a case of inequality. Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape.”