Liberation Theology

Liberation Theology

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  • Good Morning Class! Today's topic we will be learning about is Liberation Theology . Does anyone have a clue on what Liberation Theology? Any key figures that exemplify it? Alright let's get started!
  • The Church wants to unite itself with humanity. The Vatican II encouraged the church to help the suffering, turn to the subject, and help globally. In Latin America, specifically El Salvador and its violence.
  • Liberation Theology focuses on the emancipation of oppressed from unjust political, economic or social injustice. It has four main emphasis which is historical Jesus, discipleship, orthopraxis, and communal spirituality.
  • 1. )An oppressive situation is a sin. 2.) Christian tradition may have contributed to this oppression 3.) Christian tradition tries to search for new elements that contain a clear and better understanding.
  • As the Church tries to get involved with oppressed people globally, they recognized three points that might have contributed to it.
  • Oscar Romero is a key figure in Liberation Theology. He was a Jesuit priest stationed in El Salvador. He became the Archbishop of El Salvador and witnessed the violence against the people of El Salvador.
  • After the assassination of his close friend and priest, Fr. Grande, he soon came to realize that he needed to protect the citizens of El Salvador and be their voice.
  • Romero urged both the governments and press to help stop guerrilla gangs and restore honor to those who had died. They stayed silent and he spoke out against the injustices on his own.
  • He spoke out against poverty, injustices, assassinations, and torture that was clearly evident in the country. Because of this, he was murdered while conducting Mass in 1980. His legacy continues on today.
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