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Liberation theology faces new challenge

by our Rome correspondent

FRICTION persists between the 150,000-strong Latin American Confederation of Religious and the Vatican. After the Vaticin's rejection of the Confederation's presidential nominee, a nun hierarchy judged theologically ill-prepared for the post, a major study members are compiling on a new evangelisation of the subcontinent has been criticised as "scarcely" adherent to church teaching and tradition.

The Confederation has been working on the study since 1987. It was aimed at helping Latin American religious reflect on 500 years of evangelisation in the region and on its reevangelisation today.

But according to criticism from the Latin American Episcopal Council (CEI AM) and the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the report betrays a unilateral Interpretation of the Bible in sociological rather than theological terms.

Vatican concern at views the study expresses is a reflection of the general church fear of clergy's widespread political involvement in social issues in Latin America.

The Braailian Franciscan theologian, Fr Leonardo Boff, sentenced to a year of silence by the Vatican in 1985 for his allegedly politically oriented theology of liberation, also faces new Rome censorship. He now risks losing his teaching post.




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