Monday, March 12, 2007

Liberation theologian disciplined

From CWN:

San Salvador, Mar. 12, 2007 ( - Father Jon Sobrino, an influential exponent of liberation theology, has been silenced by the Vatican, a Salvadoran archbishop has revealed./p>

Confirming a report that had first appeared in the Spanish newspaper El Mundo last week (and relayed by CWN on March 9), Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle of San Salvador told reporters that Father Sobrino has been barred from teaching at any Catholic university or publishing his theological works.

The Jesuit scholar-- who was born in Spain, but rose to prominence as a liberation-theology advocate in El Salvador, where he taught at the University of Central America-- was disciplined by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for his failure to affirm that Jesus Christ is divine.

Speaking on Sunday, March 12, after celebrating Mass in the cathedral at San Salvador, Archbishop Saenz said that the Vatican had been in dialogue with Father Sobrino for several years, warning the Jesuit theologian about the problems in his approach. Ultimately, he said, when Sobrino declined to revise his work, the Vatican concluded that his thoughts were incapable with Church teaching.

Informed sources say that the Vatican will announce the disciplinary measures later this week. Father Sobrino has declined to comment.

(Note: I believe they meant "incompatible" with Church teaching, but I left it as stated in the article.)

This is a very sad day for anyone in the Church. Whenever one of her sons has strayed it is a cause for distress for all of us. Hopefully this action will cause Fr. Sobrino to reconsider his writings and become again a voice for the totality of truth.