THE NEW Superior General of the Jesuits, Fr Adolfo Nicolás Pachón, has spoken out in defence of liberation theology, writes Jon Stibbs.
In an interview with the Spanish national El Periódico, the Spaniard described liberation theology as “a courageous and creative response to an unbearable situation of injustice in Latin America”. Fr Nicolás regretted that the South American based movement had not been given a “vote of confidence” from other church leaders. “It needs more time,” he said.
While liberation theology was becoming established in South America Fr Nicolás was working in Asia where he developed a reputation as a liberal. He defines the Jesuits’ work as helping “the poor, the marginalised and the excluded”, and has said he is more interested in missionaries’ “cultural dialogue with local people” than imposing doctrinal orthodoxy. [reference]
I guess that he then also regrets the smackdown on Liberation Theology written by then-Cardinal Josef Ratzinger.
I guess he didn’t get the hint from Pope Benedict XVI when he spoke to the Jesuits shortly after the election of the new Jesuit General when he said “that harmony with the magisterium that avoids causing confusion and uncertainty among the People of God.” Nd referring to all members of the Society of Jesus said they should “adhere completely to the Word of God as well as to the magisterium’s charge of conserving the truth and unity of Catholic doctrine in its entirety.” I guess the new fourth vow is to undermine the magisterium on theology.
I prefer “Libation Theology.” Take a drink every time a Jesuit dissents from the Pope.