Liberation At the Vatican
In another sign the Vatican is leaning ever so slightly in the direction, given its supposed mission, it should long have been anyway, a book launch this week featured a warmly received surprise speaker: Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez, the founder of Latin America's liberation theology, whose Marxist-inspired adherents in the 1960s and 1970s fought against the inequality and repression around them. The Vatican also says it is proceeding with the process to bestow sainthood on Archbishop Oscar Romero, famously gunned down in El Salvador while saying Mass after condemning violence by military rulers there. Pope Francis had earlier met with the Peruvian Gutierrez, who recently wrote "In the Company of the Poor" with Partners In Health founder Paul Farmer, who has said he was inspired by liberation theology to begin his work. The Pope's own past actions during Argentina's bloody military dictatorship have long been questioned; perhaps he too is seeking redemption.