The Pope has a letter for us about the environment, and it certainly shows some of the implications of Liberation Theology and the preferential for the poor. And it’s very clear in the statement made ahead of time and in the encyclical itself that what he’s looking at is how do we liberate the poor from the oppression in which they are living. And he blamed part of it on a consumerist model, which he said is depleting resources to the detriment of the poor, and says that living simpler lives is called for. This is about our common home, this planet we live on.
The environment and the poor have been eagerly awaiting this. Scientists and environmentalists consider this a major event. We should read it carefully and see what we might accept or not accept. This is an important moment to say that the Pope is a liberation theologian. Some of the New York Times headlines have implied that. He has certainly taken some of the issues from liberation theology, but like everything, there is an evolution, and things moved rapidly ahead and we cannot presume that the Pope, even Francis, would approve of everything in the direction that liberation theology is going. Read More