Religion: Vatican Warning

Liberationists are assailed

How can Christianity best serve as an effective advocate for the world's poor and oppressed? One answer is a movement known as "liberation theology." Its proponents, who view history in Marxist terms, work to raise the consciousness of the downtrodden in what they see as a class struggle. A fringe element has even flirted with revolutionary violence. Developed in the late 1960s among Latin American Roman Catholics, liberation theology has spread with increasing force throughout the Third World, as well as among leftist Catholic and Protestant circles in Europe and...

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