Religion: Evil Is Never a Road to Good!

An emotional end to John Paul's Latin American tour

Throughout his twelve-day tour of Latin America, Pope John Paul II hewed to a delicately balanced, catechistic course. In homily after homily he warned his audiences against the seductive appeal of liberation theology, which in its more radical forms filters the Christian message through a Marxist- influenced social analysis of the class struggle. In a teeming Lima slum last week, the Pontiff declared that the church seeks "authentic liberation" through moral teaching that will set in motion forces to bring about change. But, he said, the church has a limited role in solving "concrete problems." If that was less than progressive...

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