Pope Francis and the Communist Crucifix


I might have been wrong about the Pope’s response to his communist crucifix gift.  According to the latest report, the Holy Father said he was not offended by the gift, yet he did not mention how it was wrong.  Yes, there is a debate over what he told Evo Morales: either he said, “That is not right” or “I did not know that” in regards to the design being made by Fr. Espinal who died decades ago during the Argentinian Pinochet regime and embraced so-called Christian socialism.

Thinking back on it the Pope is not exactly the biggest critic of socialism.  While I still would not call him a socialist based on his statements; his critique of socialism has been rather weak.  He also hasn’t exactly distanced himself from liberation theology preachers and has even stated that the Church has rejected only certain types of liberation theology [1].  Pope Francis, as Fr. Jorge Bergoglio, did know Fr. Luís Espinal Camps personally and as the Pope mentioned they used to talk about liberation theology together.  He also commented on what he idenfied as Fr. Espinal’s type of liberation theology saying, “One of the branches was with [a] Marxist analysis of reality” and he “belonged to this” one.  He added that “in 1984, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published . . . the first declaration on liberation theology that criticizes this” which he called “the Marxist analysis of reality in theology.”

You can read the article here: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/pope-calls-communist-crucifix-protest-art-but-says-he-wasnt-offended/#ixzz3fnTCfc5e

[1] Rorate Caeli. <http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2015/07/for-record-pope-francis-personally.html&gt;.


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