In the 1950s and the 1960s liberation theology was practiced throughout Latin American and beyond. What happened? Saint Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI happened ! Listen to their powerful words spoken as they dismantled Liberation Theology. The Church experienced a reformation once again
Liberation theology was is (or was) a synthesis of Catholic Theology and Marxist socio-economic philosophy that emphasizes concern for the poor and the political liberation for oppressed classes. That may sound attractive but the problem was that its practitioners emphasized the “Preferential option for the poor” over the true mission of the Church which is the more encompassing liberation of mankind’s fallen nature, from sin, though the sacraments.